10 House Plants grown from cuttings and leaves

I grew up in a home of plant-lovers and skilled gardeners, and have always wished for a green space in my own house. My mom has an enviable collection of house plants, most of which have been grown through plant prop agation. I guess some of her skills brushed on me. Until last October I only had a few potted plants in my house. Now that I have a good space in the backyard, last year I decided to create an indoor garden. None of the plants below were bought, but grown through soil and water propagation, in a span of four months. In this post, you will find tips to grow house plants from cuttings/leaves/seeds.

easy tips and tricks to grow 9 beautiful House Plants from cuttings, leaves and seeds.
Grow house plants from cuttings, leaves, and seeds

Most of the cuttings were taken from my front yard, which has a healthy growth of Dragon trees, Begonias and Coleus – thanks to the previous owner. For all the plants, I used plastic pots and All Purpose Garden Soil Mix from Bunnings. I DIDN’T use any fertilizer or rooting hormone.

how to grow plants from cuttings - home garden

Dragon Plant Propagation

I took the cuttings from a Dragon tree in October, which is late Spring in Australia. Use sharp shears to make a clean cut as these are pretty hard to cut. Choose a stem without any flowers. I let the cuttings dry out for 2 days before putting in the soil. After that, I watered weekly or whenever the soil felt dry.

Dragon plant (Dracaena marginata) grown from cutting

Initially, the leaves will start falling out one by one. Don’t worry, the roots will appear within 6 weeks. In fact, one of the cuttings had completely dried out, as you can see from the above picture. I thought it had died. But after 3 months, I saw tiny leaves appearing at the bottom of the stem.

Madagascar Dragon Tree Propagation

The below plant is a Madagascar Dragon Tree, grown in a similar way.

Dragon plant (Dracaena marginata 'tricolor') grown from cutting

Pothos / Money Plant Water Propagation

Money Plant is one of the most popular house plants, which is extremely easy to propagate as well. I love propagating them in water as they look really pretty in glass bottles. They grow faster in soil though.

pothos or money plant grown from leaf
They can even grow from a single leaf.
pothos or money plant grown through water propagation

Peace Lily Propagation from a rhizome

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum) cannot be propagated through cuttings or leaf but from the rhizome of a mature plant. I have owned a Peace Lily plant for over 4 years now. So I decided to pull out the plant and slowly separate the rhizomes. I separated 6 plants, but it was such a jangle of roots that I stopped after an hour. Also, I think I squished an earthworm.

peace lily grown from rhizomes

After pulling them apart, I planted them in the pots and watered them regularly. Water the plant if the first two inches of the soil feels dry. In the next few days, the leaves became droopy and turned yellow, but after a couple of weeks, new growth started appearing. The mother plant is also doing well.

peace lily propagation

Avocado plant from seed

I had to throw out a lot of seeds before I finally figured out the trick. Patience. Yes, patience. It took about 12 weeks for the first shoot to appear. I am growing another seed, and that one took just as much time.

avocado plant grown from seed

Make sure that the bottom of the seed is always submerged in water. Provide ample sunlight and once it has grown to a height of 6 – 7 inches, pot it. I keep pruning large leaves to increase the growth of the plant. I may not get to eat the fruit for another 15 years, but they do look great as house plants.

Begonia plant propagation from cuttings

Begonias are extremely easy to propagate from cuttings and the roots grow quickly as well. Mine has started flowering too. These cuttings were taken in Spring. They propagate well both in soil and water.

begonia plant grown from cuttings

Begonia ‘Otto Forster’ propagation

I couldn’t believe I actually had this gorgeous Begonia ‘Otto Forster’ growing in a corner of my garden. And unfortunately, I accidentally broke a large chunk of the plant. They are very delicate. I placed the section in water and hoped that it would grow roots.

begonia otto forster grown from cutting

As you can see, they grew really well in water. Once the roots were established, I potted them.

Coleus propagation from cuttings

Coleus can be propagated in both water and soil. All the cuttings should be taken from the node as the roots will grow from here. Coleus usually has a thick node, make sure you take the cutting few inches down from the node.

coleus grown from cutting - plant propagation
The top cutting was propagated in water. The bottom cutting cuttings were propagated in soil.

When propagating in soil, make sure you are using proper soil mix and watering the plant well. I didn’t use the All-purpose soil mix for this one and even forgot to water during the hot days, because of which it dried out. Thankfully, the one propagated in water still lives. ๐Ÿ™‚

Spider plant propagation from spiderette/pups

I love the light green shades of Spider Plant. They make beautiful house plants and can be easily grown from pups or spiderettes. Since Spiderettes already have roots, you just need to pluck them and put them in soil.

Spiderette - propagation of Spider plants
All of these are grown from Spiderettes

Jade propagation from cutting

Over the past 4 years, I have grown numerous Jade plants from leaves and cuttings. Except, the below plant, I have tried to keep the rest of them smaller in size, so that they can be placed indoors on shelves. They are extremely hardy plants and very easy to grow from a healthy leaf. Like any other succulent, they need minimum water and care. But unlike succulents, they grow well indoors.

Propagated from a small cutting. Age 4 years.

If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment section.

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24 thoughts on “10 House Plants grown from cuttings and leaves

  1. I am so in awe of your collection of plants and how you have grown them. I’ve always wanted to have a nice garden of my own but the current house that I live in, isn’t so great for plants. A lot of my plants have died. Taking some suggestions for plants from here and hoping that I’ll have a better garden.

  2. I too love propagating plants to cuttings. At one time I was an avid gardener but these days I find it a bit of a fiddle. I’ve never grown Pothos because of the superstition that a thriving money plant means less money at home. Of course this is not true but this plant grows so much that it becomes quite painful trailing it all over the house. Your plants look really healthy and happy ….so glad you’ve inherited your mum’s green thumb.

    1. That’s interesting. I thought people have it at home just for the opposite reason. Yeah, they grow very fast too in right conditions. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

  3. Presently growing some money plant and the spider plant in my studio and theyโ€™re doing well. We need to do a lot more work on the many plants at home (inherited from my parents). For now, weโ€™re keeping them going! Bookmarking this for future use!

  4. I admire your collection of plants and the care you are giving them while you are a new mom. I am not a good gardener. I do like to garden, but it never happens. I am terrible at learning the names of plants and trees and flowers. Well, I am good at admiring their beauty though. I know who to ping when I finally start gardening some day. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Wow! You have green fingers, Raj! Iโ€™m going to try propagating a jade plant again. It didnโ€™t work last time I tried, but I think Iโ€™ll give it another go.

    1. Try both in water and soil. You will have more success with cuttings. Just don’t water them until roots appear. Good luck ๐Ÿ˜Š

  6. I really enjoyed this post, Raj. When my Mom was around, we had a pretty green balcony. She had a green thumb. Me, umโ€ฆ not so much, but I have managed to keep a bamboo plant alive for two years, so thatโ€™s something I guess. About four months ago I was urged to get a tulsi by a friend who was plant-shopping and I reluctantly agreed. Itโ€™s still alive. Somehow I have a challenge nurturing the money plant. Let me try again! I am bookmarking your post so I can come back when I get a couple more of the plants youโ€™ve listed, the jade, especially. So cute. I always worry about watering them when I am traveling though.

    1. Jade are hardy… They will survive. I am trying to grow Tulsi, it’s really tiny now… Hopefully it will grow well. Didn’t have much luck before. ๐Ÿ˜Š Thank you so much for reading.

  7. What an interesting post. I do not know much about gardening but i want to keep plants in my home. I can certainly take advantage of this post. Can you also recommend some indoor plants or may be do a blog post on it.

  8. Haha, having a giggle at Shilpaโ€™s comment above because thatโ€™s exactly what I was thinking. Iโ€™m no green fingers either. A friend of mine is off to Thailand and Vietnam for 3 months before emigrating to Canada and so sheโ€™s selling her indoor plants. I would love to take them off her hands, exceptโ€ฆ alas, I doubt Iโ€™d manage to keep them alive. Youโ€™re doing a fantastic job, Rajlakshmi!

  9. As a recent plant mom, I love this post so much! Iโ€™ve been propagating succulents and they are turning out beautifully! I even propagated pothos and it grew so well! It was so simple.

    However, I was unaware of this spiderette logic. My current spider plant has two spiderettes and I was wondering what it was, now I know. Iโ€™ll go plant them today ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you so much for this post!

    1. Oh succulents are my favorite. Yes, it’s so amazing how pothos can be grown just from a leaf. Good luck with spiderettes ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. You have inherited your green thumb from your mom, Raj! SUch beautiful plants, and all the love, care and efforts you have put into itโ€ฆ.it looks like your second baby! โค

  11. Wow! You have a wonderful collection of house plants. Love that you have developed it on your own. Your dedication and patience is awe-inspiring. I dont have a green thumb, rather I am skilled at killing plants, but I plan to change that. Thanks for the tips and inspiration, Raj!

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