Sphagnum Moss Propagation Tips

Sphagnum Moss Propagation Tips

Mar 17 , 2019

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), 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.

Propagation Tips


  • 17 Mar 2019 Hannah Goeglein

    Hi there! I have successfully propagated some golden pothos in sphagnum moss. Now I’m wondering what to do once those propagated stems have begun growing roots and new leaves? How do I move it to soil now?

  • 17 Mar 2019 Celena

    Would you recommend using a heat mat with the spag moss method when trying to root a cutting in the colder months?
    I have a variegated monstera cutting that I’m trying to root. I don’t want to cook it though I also don’t want it to rot.

  • 17 Mar 2019 Emma

    Hello, propagation newbie here. I’ve got a raphidophora tetrasperma that is leggy as hell and I want to try propagating- so thanks for the example pic and giving me the confidence to give it a try!
    Also really interested to see how the mother regrows after I take her growing tip away :S

  • 17 Mar 2019 Charlotte

    When do you know when the plant is ready to transfer into potting mixture?

  • 17 Mar 2019 Christian Gast

    Thank you for this article!
    I’m up to 70 plants total (and counting) and I’ve been water propagating but have wanted to start introducing sphagnum moss into the propagation process. I just received a monstera albo cutting and I’m definitely treating it as a teachers pet until it starts to root. I’ll be using the sphagnum moss with this cutting as well as the rooting powder! Lots of good useful info on this article!

    Thank you 😊

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