Plant propagation for beginners

Plant propagation is the process of creating new plants through a variety of sources. There are many benefits to propagation and it is not difficult depending on the plant. The different ways to propagate plants include  rhizome division, tuber division, stem cuttings and water propagation.

 

Some of the benefits of propagation include :

Gardening methods

It is a good way to save money as you can often end up spending a lot of money on plants and seedlings in any garden centre. It is also a quick and easy way to populate and establish any garden. Propagating plants can also be good as it can make for an excellent gift for a friend or family as a birthday present or house warming gift.

 

Supply of plants

Majority of plants have slow growth and germination periods. You may always have your favourite plants flowering and growing in your garden if you plan ahead and propagate them. Planting cuttings or removing and replanting shoots also allows you to start new plants and trees. By allowing blooms to go to seed increases the likelihood of the plants returning the following year.

 

Plant extinction

While many people understand the necessity of maintaining endangered animal species, endangered plants receive significantly less attention. Although most home gardeners are unlikely to help in propagating endangered plants, it is an important consideration for many botanists and environmentalists.

 

Plants may face extinction for a variety of reasons, including climate change, habitat loss due to development or invasive species, or pollinator extinction or migration.

 

One of the easiest ways to propagate plants is by stem cutting. Some of the easiest plants to propagate include pothos, snake plant, spider plant, etc.