We use this to multiply our Mother-in-Law’s tongue and Fiddle Leaf Figs but try it on any ‘woody’ branch in your gaff.
Basically, you are ‘wounding’ the stem and wrapping it up and leaving it until a plant baby is born. Boom.
Extra bits you’ll need…
‘Sphagnum moss’ OR cotton wadding
Rubber band OR string
Bit of plastic (cut some from your drinking bottle/ yogurt pot etc.)
Bit of clear plastic bag/cling film to make a ‘slieve’,
- Soak your moss/cotton.
- Choose a healthy, woody stem and remove foliage (REMEMBER, for this one you are keeping the stem ATTACHED - don’t get carried away!)
- Think in ‘thirds’. Position your cut ⅓ up your stem and only cut ⅔ deep in a diagonal slope beneath the node (nobbly bit).
- Shove your bit of plastic into your ‘wound’ to stop any ‘healing’. (Sounds brutal but childbirth is mate.)
- Wrap Up your wound with cotton/moss and clear plastic.
- Tie it up with you rubber bands/ strings; this can be bound to the main plant for support.
- Wait mate… In about 6-8 weeks you should see some roots poking out.
- Chop it off and plant up.
Congratulations you’ve given birth to a new plant baby.