Turning Your Plants Into More Plants

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Whew, it's been a whirlwind over here with 3 kids, trying to do fun things, and catching up on laundry/dishes/dinner prep in all my free time. Riley still sleeps all day and I still can't seem to find a few extra moments to write blog posts and comment on other blogs! What am I gonna do when she's awake more during the day?! Anyway, let's move on from my blogging incapabilities to all the plant things. 

Last week I shared three plants that are basically unkillable: the spider plant, pothos, and philodendron...but for all us beginners, there's more reasons to love them besides the fact that they are so easy to keep alive! Pinterest has long lists of "easy houseplants," but starting with these will allow you to grow your selection of plants even more.

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I have only ever bought one Pothos plant, but right now I have 9 of them in my living room. My spider plants? I didn't even buy them! My generous mother-in-law let me cut off the new growths from hers and now my own spider plants are growing more plants. What's up, free plants.

Now let's get technical. 

How to turn your plants into more plants...a.k.a. propagating:
  1. For the spider plant: Just let it grow in a regular pot until a tall stem appears at the top (see the picture where I'm holding the big white pot of a spider plant). More baby spider plants will grow from that random stem, and you can cut these off at white stem. Set the base of the baby plant in water, leaving the white-ish stem sticking out of the water. Change the water every few days and keep it out of direct sunlight. Small roots will start to grow and then you can plant it in soil!

  2. For the Pothos: When the plant gets too long or you'd just like to have some more of it, simply cut the stem between the leaves and place it in water. Change the water every few days or when it looks cloudy, and pretty soon, roots will start to grow! Once there are new roots growing for about 2-3 weeks, you can plant it in soil. And the newly planted "cuttings" can be turned into more Pothos plants in a few months once they're settled!

  3. For the Philodendron: You can do the same thing as the Pothos, where you cut the stem between leaves and place it in water until roots grow. For mine, I bought a bigger pot of heart-shaped Philodendron at Home Depot and separated the stems out so I could repot a few in one planter and a few others in another. I placed the awkward remaining stems in water, and it's been so fun to watch the roots grow! 

What are some of your favorite plants? Are you a houseplant or fresh-cut flowers person? 

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