The ways of mother nature are incredible.. Even after years and years of gardening and sowing seeds it still amazes me how a tiny seed or cutting can sprout into a massive form of beauty! While all of us have had a money plant growing in water at some point, did it ever occur to you to try this with other plants too? Well, I discovered it by accident and have since experimented quite a bit! This particular post is about how to propagate coleus in water but the basic funda to root plant cuttings in water stays the same and hence applies to all kinds of softwood cuttings… Let’s read on then about..
How to root plant cuttings in water..
Coleus is perhaps the most wonderful way to add color to your summer garden. Easy to grow and low-maintenance, the variety of colors and patterns in almost unbeatable! Unlike flowers, where you need to wait for blooms for a splash of color, coleus is instant! If you haven’t given it a try yet to liven up a dull pot, then you MUST!!
So from the plant growing in my garden, i’d brought some clippings indoors for a flower vase in our kitchen. Then, we left for Diwali holidays and i came back to discover the clippings as fresh as ever unlike the wilted roses next to them. I had a hunch that they might have rooted while sitting in water and look what i discovered..
Indeed!! Being a soft stem plant it sprouted roots easily and quickly! I do feel that it is easier to root plant cuttings in water than doing so in soil because you don’t have to worry about the cuttings wilting with lack of water or drying up from the direct sun outdoors. Also, it is quick!
Notice the size of the roots.. It is the best to propagate a coleus cutting in water instead of soil as it quite fail-proof.
I love the thrill of rooting plants in water having experimented with portulaca, tulsi, geranium and coleus! I think i am now going to plant some clippings in the small transparent vases on our dining table and capture the process. Also, i am curious to see how long they survive indoors.
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