I mentioned in my post the other day about my growing ~pun intended~ love of collecting houseplants. Beyond obviously enjoying the look of the different plants, and caring for them, I'm finding myself more and more drawn to enjoying experimenting in propagating my original plants further from cuttings.
It's maybe the generation of further plant abundance, or maybe it is the quest and surprise of said experimentation... whatever, I'm enjoying it!
So today, with all that in mind, I'm sharing a super quick before and after type post, in regard to my experiments with my jade plant.
I bought this jade at Tesco in the whoops section; it was tiny to start and she had a sister too to begin with, but unfortunately she didn't survive. But this little jade, in typical Tesco plant names style was just labelled "succulent". I don't know much about houseplants etc, but I do know now, after some googling, that this is not just a "succulent".
After a year or so of her surviving in the little pot she came in, I finally decided to repot into something bigger, and since then on, she has THRIVED! I don't think bigger pots are always the key to growth, and disturbance certainly isn't either, but the repotting definitely benefited this plant at the time.
Since the repotting, she grew a strong, long, three arms which you can clearly see in the top picture. I was pleased with this until I was at my aunt and uncles house over summer, and saw their jade plant which was FULL of leaves and stems! I had no idea how to go from three arms, to a more "full" plant, so I turned to Google - the amount of random shit to do with plants I've now typed into google is unreal, but the source of advice is endless so I'll keep at it.
Anyway, google came back with the simple advice of cutting off an arm! This, apparently, would allow the cut stem to regenerate and then throw out and grow two new stems. This all sounded positive, and easy obviously, but I was a little afraid of the consequences of a sethered arm on my favourite little plant. I spent an unhealthy amount of time reading over this advice on different sites, and eventually decided to give it a go! There was another positive in this experiment; cutting off an arm would mean I had a big stem cutting to try to propagate a whole new plant from.
Risk analysis: one sethered plant and a dead stem VS. a fuller original plant and a full stem cutting to propogate - I decided to take the risk.
With a clean knife, and the stem chosen, I cut off the stem!
Following the butchering, I left the stem cutting to dry out on a plate on the windowsill in lots of warm light.
Nothing happened for a few weeks... and though I'm not the most patient of people, I knew that the cutting and the original plant weren't dying as they weren't shrivelling up, so I waited.
Finally, the cut end on my original plant threw out new stems - TWO NEW STEMS in fact - just as I'd hoped! I'm so pleased, and I'm hoping that this will lead to a fuller plant eventually. You can see in the picture below the two new hopeful shoots!
With the stem cutting I effectively took from the original plant, after leaving it to dry out at the end for a fortnight or so, I planted the calloused over stem cutting and once again left it to hopefully do it's thing. And thankfully, now, I think I can safely say the planted out cutting is growing as it's started to stand upright towards the light and throw out new shoots!
I realise this is a very trivial little post, about something as daft as my houseplant experiments. But can you tell how much joy they are bringing into my house!
Do you have any favourite houseplants? Do you enjoy a bit of propagation?