Legacy Plants with Shirley Bovshow
1. Dividing An "Arrowhead Plant" (Nephtitis)
- Take the plant out of container and look for separate clusters of plants or stems with healthy root section.
- Carefully, divide the sections with your hands and separate from the roots with a sharp knife.
- Place the division in a container that is slightly larger than the root spread.
- Secure with more potting soil and water sparingly until section gets established and new growth appears.
- Plant should root within 3-4 weeks.
2. Stem Cutting An Ivy Geranium
- Cut a stem that is between four to six inches long at a 45-degree angle, directly below a node.
- Remove the lower leaves from the stem and any flowers or buds along the top. (Lower leaves are vulnerable to rotting since they may come in contact with the soil).
- Dip the bottom of your stem into rooting hormone.
- Stick the cutting into moist potting soil, covering the root hormone area.
- Mist your cuttings!!
- Cover your cutting pots with a plastic bag to function as mini-greenhouse.
- Place your cuttings in a bright, sunny spot, but avoid direct sunlight. (Roots grow in soil temps between 70-75-degrees).
- Check your cuttings every day for the next few weeks!
- Plant will root within 4-6 weeks.
3. Leaf Cutting- African Violet
- Choose a leaf that is neither too old or too new and cut with 1-inch of stem.
- Stick leaf with small stem at 45-degree angle into moist soil.
- Cover with plastic bag to increase humidity.
- Set in bright spot but no direct sunshine.
- When new plantlets appear at the bad of each leaf, cut away the parent plant.
4. How To Prepare Your Legacy Plant For Gifting
- Select a good-looking container and detail it with moss, stones. Make it pretty!
- Make a custom plant tag that includes the year of the original plant, the recipient, occasion and story behind it.
- Include a photo of the plant with its original owner so no one will forget where it came from!