Trim any excess leaves - The more leaves there are on your plant stem, the more nutrients and water the plant will need to survive. If it needs too much water, the plant leaves and stem may shrivel up and die before the roots get a chance to grow. If you trim off excess growth, you're more likely to get some strong root development. It can be hard to judge how much you should trim, but as you get more experienced it will be easier to identify how much you need to trim off.
Insert the cut and trimmed node into your propagation vessel, ensuring the leaves are out of the water.
Drain out water and replace once a week. Plants suck up oxygen from the water they’re in. As oxygen levels decrease, the plant roots become more likely to fail.
Place your cutting under a grow light, or in an area with bright, indirect sunlight.
Rooting can take 2-4 weeks.
Once your roots are 3-5cm long, they’re most likely strong enough to support a plant. You can leave them in the propagation vial as a beautiful display, or transplant them into rockwool cubes or soil.
Top tips for propagating plants
Always use sharp scissors or a scalpel as this will help you get the cleanest cut without damaging the plant.
The ideal environment for propagations to grow in is around 21 degrees, with high humidity levels.
Take cuttings from newer growth as this will have a higher chance of propagating successfully.
Use filtered water or rainwater if possible – these don’t have fluoride or chloride which can kill beneficial bacteria living in the plant. It will also prevent you from getting an ugly build-up of minerals on the walls of your propagation equipment.
Most of the time the actual leaves of the plant shouldn’t be immersed in water.