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Propagation

Propagation by Division

The task of dividing/propagating plants is a common one amongst gardeners; come certain times of the year we divide and propagate Clivias, Agapanthus, Irises, Asparagus plants, Horseradish, and many grasses and other types of bulbs. The purpose of this is to create space for the plants to grow. If division doesn’t take place every few years, the cluster of plants becomes crowded and insufficient nutrients get to the centre plant, which may consequently die off.

To the home gardener who keeps indoor plants, propagating by division means healthier plants and, indeed, more plants!

We experimented with a Spathiphyllum, commonly know as a Peace Lily, to find out how easy and effective it can be to propagate…

The steps involved:

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Step 1:

Choose your plant to be propagated. Have ready some tools, including a garden spade, new compost or potting soil, new pots, garden gloves and garden shears.

Step 2:

Empty your potted plant onto your work surface.

Step 3:

Loosen the soil from the roots and slowly begin to pry the plants apart. You will see where separate plants have formed – the task is to break the plant into separate pieces with healthy roots attached to each piece.

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Step 4:

Use shears to separate the root ball.

Step 5:

Clean as much unnecessary root clutter from the individual plants. Keep the roots as in-tact as possible. Laid side by side, one can see that all separate plants have enough roots to start a healthy life in a new pot.

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Step 6:

Fill your pots or garden bed space with fresh new compost or potting soil. It is worthwhile to mix some water retention crystals and plant fertiliser into the soil too at this stage. Click |HERE| to learn more about which fertiliser you would need at this stage.

Step 7:

Tuck each newly divided plant into it’s new space and fill the pot with soil to just below the line of the pot.

Step 8:

Water well, and water daily for a week or two to allow the plant to take up sufficient nutrients to grow robust roots.

And voila; one made many…

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Disclaimer: no plants were injured in the making of this blog (in fact all 5 plants are doing really well in their new pots) 🌿

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