How to Propagate Plants | Shellie Cleaver | Skillshare

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5 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. How to Propagate Plants Introduction

    • 2. Propagation

    • 3. Take a Cutting

    • 4. Project Next Steps

    • 5. Thanks

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Join Sydney based plant enthusiast, Shellie for this 10 minute class, where she takes you through the basics of how to grow new plants from the plants you own.

Topics will include the materials needed, how to take a cutting, how to pot up the cutting, and why some cuttings succeed and some do not.

This class will empower you to start propagating plants,which can help you expand your own plant collection and can result in plants that make beautiful gifts for family and friends.

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Shellie Cleaver

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1. How to Propagate Plants Introduction: Hello. My name is Shelly. I'm from Sydney, Australia, and I've been collecting indoor plants for years and years. Now. Something new I've been doing at the last year or two is propagating you plants for my existing collection. This process allows me to create fresh new plants so I can give us gifts to people. Also further my collection of plans. It's a pretty simple process. I'm gonna take you step by step through it so that you too, can stop propagating your plants. We don't need any special equipment to start off with, so let's jump straight into the first cost and get started. 2. Propagation: propagation is the process of taking a cutting from a plant and creating a brand new plant with that cutting. So if we take this plant, for example, if we zoom in on, it will start to see that on certain sections, there are little nodes, and these little nodes are pieces that are wanting to become roots. So if we cut the plant off below these little nodes and put that into the soil, they would grow and become roots, and the plan is likely to succeed. This is a new fiddle, a fig plant, that I've grown from a cutting and I'll show you now which leaves are the original leaves and which ones are the new ones. So you can see this little plant has grown from a simple cutting, and you can do the same. This is another example. This beautiful plant has grown from a cutting I received from a friend at work. It took about six months before it started to grow or put out new leaves, but it was well worth the wait. If you look carefully, you can see where the original cutting waas, and you can see where the new growth has grown off to the left. So this is one of my more established fiddle, a fig plants. So to give you an idea of how to assess your own plans, let's have a think about which of the leaves from this plant we would consider propagating from. It's always or usually the top leaves I would go for because they are newer and more vital . In this case, I would consider cutting where this arrow is pointing because there's a bit of a stem and that life is looking black. It is in good health. This is a section on the same plant where we've got these lighter colored newer leaves, and I would consider cutting this leaf because it's got quite a good stem on it, too. And I would cut it just here a little bit further down, so you get a bit more of the stem, and that is likely to be a successful leaf to propagate. This huge Philly fig leaf was knocked off by one of my pits, so I put it into a a container soil, and it's been like this for months, so the grain leaf is still very green and vital it looks very healthy and, well, it hasn't done anything yet. It hasn't put out any new growth, but I know that it's busy below the soil building up its root system. So I just have to wait, and one day it will spring to life. Propagating doesn't always go well. Here's an example of a leaf that's looking a little bit sad. It's a bit droopy, the color is quite pale, and I'm expecting that this will die. This happens sometimes, and it's OK. This is a cutting from an umbrella tree plant that I have, which is looking green and alive and really, really well. On the same day, I took another two cuttings from the same plant, but they, unfortunately are not doing as well. You can see that they're color is yellowing there droopy, and they are likely to die, so it is a little bit hit and miss. But you have to just roll with it because when they work, it's amazing to get a whole new plant from a cutting. The materials I'm using today are a rooting powder, which is bought from a plant stool and that helps the tube of the cutting to develop a root system. If you don't have any of this on hand, don't worry. Some people do use honey, so that might be worth trying. And aside from that, we're going to need a small pot off soil house and second hers or a pair of scissors. 3. Take a Cutting: Okay, so I've got my secretary is here, and I'm going to look at this plants and shoes where I'd like to take a cutting. Looking at this, I think this pace right, he would be a good candidate. You can see it's got a bit of a stem on it. So it has something to go into the earth. If it didn't have much of a stem, you could actually put a little bit of this layer into the pot. But I think that's looking like a nice candidates, so I'm going to cut it on an angle there. Okay. Okay. So I've got my leaf on. What I need to do is to dip this tip into some of this rooting powder. Now, if I don't have this, I could dip it into some honey and try that diffident. You can say that the base of the leaf does have some white powder on it. And now I'm simply going to poke a hole into the soil with my finger, place the stemming and then pushed this debt in around that Lee 4. Project Next Steps: so to recap what we've learned in today's class, we've learned about how to take a cutting from an existing plant, how she did that into the rooting hormone or into honey and has put it up in a little pot like this so that it's ready to go. Now that you've got to this stage, the key thing to remember is to water it regularly. Usually these ones I find, because the pot is so small it will require water twice a week. But it varies depending on the environment. So whether you're in a hot climate, whether you're indoors is really warm or whether it's sort of quite cool. So I best thing to do is just to monitor it. Every couple of days, have a little conceived, so looks dry. I would give it a drop of water because what this plant is trying to do is actually create a whole new grid system, so it's going to need the nourishment off water now. They likely will stay quite dormant for some months. It might be one or two or three months with Lyft 5. Thanks: thank you for joining me on this class when we've learned how to propagate plants from your existing plant collection, How have you been able to follow through? The steps were taken and you've been out to propagate from a couple of your plans. Now it's time to keep watering them and to keep in Ireland, and it might be a month or two, but you may start to see the plants start to take root and to start to flourish with new buds and new leaves. It's really rewarding looking off your plants, creating new plants from your existing ones, and I heard this process is really enjoyable for you. Please send photos to the project page off the cuttings that you made and the little plants trying to propagate. And if you have any success, send photos. True as well. I'd love to see what you get up to. Do you have any questions? Get in touch on he's help you. And if you've enjoyed the class, plays locket, labor of you share with your friends and I look forward to seeing you for the next class by , uh, I've made lots of classes on painting and drawing and watercolors. Color theory. Endless classes for you to take, and you'll find that each one you do your skills will develop and grow. So let's have a look at how to follow me on school Share. Here is the full I button. Click on this on, and if you hover your mouse over this part here, it'll take you through to my profile as well. Under my profile, you'll see all of the classes I've created, and you'll be able to see the range of classes you could take. So here are highlight a couple of my outclasses color mixing basics for absolute beginners . Copying the Masters with Shelly. Learn to paint. Watch me work. Embrace fear in the creative process. Begin is charcoal drawing How to paint gloss and beginners figure drawing gesture. I'm creating new outclasses all the time on I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to support you as you develop your own creative skills and make your way on your own creative journey. So let's start making stuff