Instead of throwing the pieces in the trash, I decided to try my hand at propagating them. I have to admit, I'm not much of a "maker of new plants". I do start African violets from leaves, and I have stuck some cuttings in water, but not much more than that. I love begonias, so why not......
|New leaves growing on the rhizomes.|
|'Cathedral Window' leaf.|
|A piece that had leaves on it when it fell off.|
|Two pieces of rhizome without leaves|
This isn't rocket science, but I just had never done it. It's exciting to take an ugly, broken stem and make new plants. All I did was lay the rhizomes on top of a pot of moist soil and pushed it down so about 1/2 of it was in the soil.
This is a large piece that still had leaves on it when it fell off.
Make sure to put a tag in your plants with the name of the plant and the date you started them.
|A leaf with the sun shining through.|
This leaf with the sun shining through it makes it obvious why it is called cathedral window.
This is a leaf that fell off my Kalanchoe orygalis. I just threw it in the pot of my Medinilla and forgot about it. And its growing. How easy is that?
So, the next time you knock a plant down or the cat uses one as a cat toy, try making more. Share them with a friend or start some Christmas gifts.