Cutting in water is one of the techniques most used to multiply specimens or exchange cuttings , something very simple to do but you must first have all the necessary information. Before starting to cut it is very important that you know which species are the most suitable and what care they should receive during the rooting and transplanting phases.
Cuttings in water, together with layering, seeds, and grafting, are the most common plant multiplication methods. This particular technique consists of submerging the base of a shoot in water to develop roots, and the plants that guarantee the best results are those with soft, non-woody stems. Keep reading this article if you want to know how to make cuttings in water.
The most recommended indoor plants for cutting in water are:
- The ciso
- The balsamina
Very good results can also be achieved with begonia rex, sansiveria, ficus or African violet. It is important to keep in mind that the stem is the only part that must remain in water , otherwise the shoot will rot.
How to cut
In order for the cutting to take root strongly in the water, you must cut the stem correctly. It is best to use a bonsai scissors, a pruning shear or a small razor , so you will be able to make a firm and defined cut.
- Make the cut under the knot, which is the part of the stem that is more bulky than the rest.
- The length of the cutting depends on the type of species, being for example 7-12 cm for ivy or 15-25 for ficus.
- Then put it in a container full of water, removing any lower leaves that it may have.