Leaf section cuttings – plant propagation

July 23, 2016 at 11:39 am

propagation - leaf section cuttingsOnly a few house plants can be propagated with cuttings of leaf fragments. One of them is sansevieria trifasciata (the Snake plant), which I have already written about elsewhere on this blog.

At the end of this article you will find a list of links to all the plants described on this website which you can propagate with this method.

1.Prepare a box with substratum

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Prepare a shallow box with moist soil and a 2 cm drainage layer (expanded clay pebbles) at the bottom. The box should have a few holes in the bottom through which any excess water can flow out.

There are special boxes for plant propagation, but you can just use any plastic tray or even a simple pot for this as well.




2. Cut a leaf

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Choose a sound leaf and cut it off at its base.

3. Cut the leaf into pieces

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Lay the leaf on a hard and flat surface and cut it into pieces 5 – 10 cm (2-4’’) in length. Make a small incision in every piece on the side that was the closest to the leaf base.

4. Place the pieces in the soil

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Place the leaf pieces in the soil (to a depth of 3 cm) with the incisions pointing downwards underground. If you plant a piece the other way round, it will not form roots and will dry out.

Before placing the leaf fragment in the soil, you can dip its tip (the part which will be in the soil) in some rooting hormone. This should increase the chances of the cutting to root properly.


5. Cover the box with a foil bag

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Cover the tray with a transparent foil bag (do not take it off until new leaves emerge beside the planted fragments). Make some tiny (1 mm) holes in the bag to allow the pieces planted to breathe. For the first few weeks be sure to keep the soil properly moisturized and the air temperature at around 22°C.

Note that you can omit this step if the air humidity in the room is suitably high (preferably more than 50%).

The fragments planted will take root and then (after 4-8 weeks) new leaves will begin to appear nearby.

6. Place the young plants in separate pots

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When the young plants have sprouted 2 – 3 leaves, place them in separate pots.

The plants described on this blog which you can propagate with leaf cuttings

Sansevieria Trifasciata

Snake plant, Sansevieria, Mother-in-law’s tongue

Sansevieria is the first house plant I am going to discuss. It occupies such a special position on this blog, ...

Drawings by Monika Dżumak. © MyHousePlants.com

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Łukasz Dumiszewski

A computer scientist who likes house plants and who once wanted to be a writer. A blogger who writes about his experiences in growing house plants by using the benefits of computer science. 😉

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