Considering how cheap houseplants are, you can make your own four walls into an urban jungle with just a small investment. Some plant parents like the idea of propagating plants themselves instead of purchasing new ones regularly because they enjoy the experience and see new plant babies coming to life!
The 12 Easiest Plants To Propagate
In addition, a number of different techniques can be used to propagate houseplants. While some of these methods require certain experience and knowledge, others can be done even by beginners and black thumbs.
Here we will focus on the 12 easiest houseplants that can be propagated very easily.
A Pothos plant is an extremely hardy plant, there’s not much wrong with them, and that’s true when propagating them.
To create some baby plants, you simply need to cut the vine just below where the new leaves emerge from the vine. Pothos roots incredibly well in water.
On your new cutting, then, observe the nodes. These are essentially the places where the leaf attached to the vine.
Now, all you have to do is equip yourself with some sharp scissors, and to make a cut across the node (with about 1 centimeter between the node and the edge of the scissors).
As an example, if your initial cutting resulted in a vine with 6 leaves, you would then cut that vine again with clean cuts up to and beyond every leaf node, resulting in a total of 6 cuttings.
You can use a tall glass or a glass jar for this. Now, take the cuttings and immerse them in the water for a few days. Within 2 to 4 weeks you should begin to see new root growth. As the roots reach around 1 inch (5 cm) in length, remove the cuttings from their original pot and place them in a new one with fresh soil mixture.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria)
Different Snake plants can all be propagated by division, even though there are a lot of different species. The easiest, quickest and probably fastest way to propagate Sansevieria is by division, but it is by no means the only one.
Leaf cuttings are another way to propagate this Sansevieria. And that is also easy. Taking a Sansevieria leaf and placing it in water is really all that’s needed to do. It can be as simple as that.
It is best if you change the water once in a while and keep it in a warm, well-drained environment once the leaves have developed roots.
It is also true that plants that are generally considered low-maintenance, like the spider plant, are also easy to propagate. In this case, Chlorophytum comosum is no exception.
Propagation of the Spider plant can be accomplished in three different ways: by root division, from seed, or by rooted baby plants.
Pothos propagates well using any of these three methods. The easiest and fastest is by rooting planlets.
ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia)
Other plants that are difficult to kill and are easy to propagate include Zamioculcas Zamiifolia, or the ZZ plant. ZZ plants have enormous tubers that are used to propagate the plants, which are simply divided in half and then repotted.
It is logical to divide a large plant in more than two pieces if the plant is already a big one.
Stem cuttings can also be used to propagate ZZ plants. In water, you can put ZZ plant cuttings and eventually they will sprout roots. Despite this fact, this is not the best way to propagate a ZZ plant, since it takes so long.
Chinese Money Plant (Pilea Peperiomoides)
Trying to propagate Pilea Peperiomoides is definitely the easiest way to do so since the plant does the work for you and simply reproduces on its own.
So now all you have to do is to wait until the plant starts sprouting babies on its own. When those babies are about two to three inches tall, you can simply remove them and put them in a new pot with new soil.
Please be sure that all the new babies have root systems strong enough to support them. Otherwise, propagation might not succeed!
String of Pearls
It is yet another houseplant that is easy to propagate, and is self-propagating. Almost too easy, since this is another plant that is perennial and is a member of the succulent family. Self-propagating, but not in the manner in which the Chinese Money plant does (by producing new plant babies around the mother plant in the very same pot), but rather, it produces offspring in a much more spectacular way.
Essentially, if you have your String of Pearls in a hanging basket already, then it is only a matter of filling a new pot with your favorite potting soil and placing it below your String of Pearls and then layering the soil on top.
In a matter of days, you’ll be able to root new plants in that bed of dirt simply by hanging the parts of your string of pearls on that surface. While you wait for that to happen, remember to water the compost the same way you would when propagating plants using other methods.
The roots should have developed after about 4 weeks, and it will now be time to separate your new plant from its mother plant.
String of Bananas (Senecio radicans)
The process for multiplying your String of Bananas is the same as for the String of Pearls plant. You need to step up the ends of your String of Bananas, place a new pot on fresh potting soil, and then wait for roots to form. Houseplant propagation is straightforward, who would’ve thought.
String of Hearts (Ceropegia woodii)
Chain of hearts, also known as String of Hearts, can be propagated either by water or by planting directly in soil. Both of these propagation techniques give good results, however, we have found that the Chain of Hearts propagates better in water.
In addition to the above, if you want to try something different, you might also want to try propagating your String of Hearts using the “Non-Cut Method” we introduced for the String of Bananas or the String of Pearls houseplants.
Moses in the Cradle (Tradescantia spathacea)
Two proven methods of propagating Moses in a Cradle (Tradescantia Spathacea) are plant propagation by division or stem cuttings.
You should divide this beautiful plant if you are interested in its propagation the easiest way.
It only takes removing some offshoots that develop around the plant and repotting them separately to enable you to produce new plant babies. You should make sure that there are enough roots attached when potting.
Arrowhead plant (Syngonium podophyllum)
Rooting the Arrowhead plant is extremely easy since it roots quickly in water. It can be propagated easily from stem cuttings with minimal effort.
These cuttings don’t need rooting hormone before being placed in water, as it is an exceptionally strong willed plant, and will continue to produce roots by itself even if you do not add rooting hormone prior to their immersion in water.
As well as in division, Syngonium can be propagated at the same ease.
Strawberry Begonia (Saxifraga stolonifera)
It is as easy to propagate Strawberry Begonia through division as it is to grow Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum).
You can repeat this process over and over again by just taking the offshoots and putting them in a new pot to make more strawberries begonia plants.
However, offsets that form at the ends of stolons don’t necessarily have to be separated from their parent plant in order to propagate. They can also be left with the original plant.
The offsets can be made to root in the soil with the use of a paper clip, and new plants will come to life in the same manner!
The Wandering Jew (Tradescantia pallida)
Yet another very popular houseplant, the Wandering Jew, also wins high marks in the category of “Easiest houseplant to propagate.” Tradescantia pallida is easiest propagated by stem cuttings. Make some cuttings, put them in water, wait for the roots to grow, then plant them in the ground. That’s it.
Tradescantia plants root very quickly this way. It usually only takes a few days for them to grow roots and one to two weeks for them to be large enough to grow in soil.