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Sphagnum Moss Propagation Tips

Propagation is one of the many things I love about indoor plants. The fact you can chop off part of a plant, grow roots from it, and then plant it to make a whole new plant is pretty damn cool. I tend to propagate most of my plants in water as I’m pretty obsessed with seeing roots (after all, I sell propagation stations & run an alt account on instagram @allaboutthemroots), but it’s not my go to method for all plants.

For plants that are slow or hard to root (caveat - from my experience or from other people’s advice) or plants that are rare/expensive, I tend towards sphagnum moss as a safer choice. Plants I’m currently growing in sphagnum include tetrasperma, satin Pothos, & curly lipstick plant (it has rotted in water on 3 attempts).

Some quick tips for sphagnum moss propagation

  • Consider using rooting powder to speed up root growth
  • Keep your moss moist but not super wet with either a mister or slowly pouring water on it about once a week-ish pending how hot the room it’s in is
  • Put your cutting in bright/medium indirect light
  • Use a ziplock bag around it to create more humidity (see below image)
  • Label it with the date you started (it will help resist the urge to look at it too soon), and try your best to not pull it before it’s ready (cuttings will take anywhere from two weeks to a few months depending on the plant)

 

Tetrasperma in moss


If you want to learn more, check my IGTV video with some instructions you can follow, or free to ask questions in the comments here.


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