Following up on yesterday's post about pruning, this is the vessel that I keep my stem cuttings to propagate! Here's a quick run down on how I take these cuttings for most vines including the Scindapsus pictus:
❶ ✂ I take the cutting by snipping at a node (where the leaf meets the stem), mainly to keep the plant ends tidy.
❷ 🌱🌱 If the cutting is long, I'll divide it so each part has 2 top leaves and atleast 1 bottom leaf. Remove this bottom leaf to reveal a bare node that you'll bury or submerge.
The reason only 1-2 top leaves are necessary is because it allows adequate photosynthesis for new root growth. Any more will zap energy from the cutting in order to sustain themselves. You can even cut the leaves in half if they're particularly large.
If possible, I prefer to submerge 2 nodes (you can see it well with the 3rd vial) as these points contain meristem, tissue that allow roots to form, and the more nodes available, the more abundance the growth should be.
❸ 🕟 Patiently wait until the roots are about 1 inch and that you've got plenty. This is mainly because when transferring from water to soil, many roots will die in transition.
Propagation directly in soil is usually better, but I often take cuttings to enjoy in a display (like cut flowers) rather than aggressively multiply so I'm perfectly happy with water for this case. Have fun experimenting! #FieldnotesbyStudioplants