Got your propagation station...now what?
Growing a brand new root system takes time! So be patient and check on your plant cutting’s growth each week. Eventually you will notice fine, fibrous roots developing from the node. Top up the vase with water every few days or whenever it gets too low (while making sure there is no cloudiness or mould growth). If the water gets cloudy, change the water ASAP! This will keep the growing root system nice and healthy.
Place your propagation station in a well lit area, away from direct sunlight. It is important to get the balance right to create photosynthesis. Too much light/sun will burn your cutting, too little light and it won't survive.
Once your cuttings have established root systems, they can keep growing in water forever. It’s totally doable and looks amazing! But with great power, comes great responsibility. The longer your plant cutting is left in water, the more vulnerable the plant becomes. This is because water has little to no nutrients, and can increase the risk of fungal infections. You can keep your plant protected by changing its water regularly and adding a hint of fertiliser each month during the growing season.
Down and dirty
If you’d rather transplant your plant cuttings from its glass container to a pot, it’s best to wait until the root system is fully established. This happens when the roots are about 1-2 cm in length. This can take anywhere between 4 and 6 weeks (depending on the amount of light and temp of your home).
Find a small pot and fill it with fresh, quality potting mix. Make a small hole in the centre of the soil, pop in your plant cutting and tuck her in nice and snug. Move the pot to a posse with bright indirect light and keep your potting mix just moist, not too wet and not too dry.