Stolons with plantlets – plant propagation

May 5, 2016 at 4:29 pm

plant propagation - stolons with plantletsStolons (also called runners) are horizontal above ground plant stems which start to root and to form a new plant at the place where they touch the ground. Stolons of some plants (like for example the spider plant) grow upwards, then bend over slightly and produce little young plants, called plantlets, at their tips. After touching the soil, the plantlets take roots and become independent from the mother plant.

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. Choose a plant with stolons tipped with plantlets

plant propagation - stolons with plantlets - choose a plant

2. Prepare a pot

plant propagation - stolons with plantlets - prepare a pot

Prepare a small pot and fill it with moist soil. Remember to include a drainage layer (expanded clay pebbles) at the bottom (1-2 cm).

The pot should not be too big. In a bigger pot the plant can end up devoting all its energy to expanding its root system at first and you will need to wait a long time before it starts to develop its shoots, leaves or flowers.

3. Place a plantlet in the pot

plant propagation - stolons with plantlets - place the plantlet

Put the new pot next to the big plant. Then place the plant baby in it, carefully bending the stem if needed. Tamp the ground down slightly around the young plant.

4. Separate the young plant from the mother plant

plant propagation - stolons with plantlets - separate the plantlet

When the young plant starts to sprout new leaves, cut the shoot connecting it with the mother plant.

You can try to propagate a plant with plantlets by first cutting them off and only then placing them in a separate pot. Of course attempting this can more often end in failure, because the nourishment of the plant baby, while it is developing its young root system, is not being supported by the adult plant. However, it can be the only solution if it is not possible to place the small pot next to the mother plant when, for example, it grows in a hanging basket.

The plants described on this blog which you can propagate with plantlets

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Spider plant, Airplane plant, Chlorophytum comosum

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Drawings by Monika Dżumak. ©

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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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