If you like the tape plant, you surely have one or more at home. And, as you know, its propagation is quite simple. ButDo you know how to reproduce the tape plant in water? It is one of the best ways to do it, because that way it takes root much more quickly.
However, you need to know what is the step by step process to achieve it. How about we help you with it and have this article as a guide. Let’s start!
Items needed to play the tape
The ribbon plant is better known by its common names. That is, by “bad mother”, spider plant or love bond. It is a plant with long leaves with a white or yellow edge and the rest in green.
It is very fast growing and that allows us to propagate it easily. But, to be successful, you need to have all the elements on hand as they are needed to do it. Shall we explain what they are?
the ribbon plant
That you know that you are not worth just anyone. You need a plant that is large and adapted to your home. Otherwise, you could lose all the suckers you put in water (or on land).
Within the propagation of this plant you have several ways to do it. We explain them to you:
One of the first forms of multiplication, which many experts have determined to be the most successful, is by flowering.
It consists of waiting for the plant to bloom and for those flowers to change color. At the same time, it is common for aerial roots to grow, which will precisely be the ones we will use to continue rooting and for the plant to thrive.
Since it already has the roots, it is easier for it to thrive even when separated from the mother plant. In fact, can be put both on land and in water (In this environment it is better because the plant in an aquatic environment roots faster).
Another way to reproduce the ribbon plant is by dividing it. What is done is take small bushes with some roots and separate them into different pots.
However, It is not a method that is highly recommended because this can often stress the plant too much and kill it completely. (because you stress the whole plant itself).
Runners or suckers from the mother plant
To end, Another of the ways you have to propagate the ribbon plant is through the shoots that it will grow. You will distinguish these because they will be complete small plants that grow around the mother plant and that can subsist on their own.
When separating them, you will have to cut the union with a sharp knife. If you’re lucky, the pup may already have some roots; but if not, it could also be viable, especially when propagated in water.
The second element you need is, obviously, a container to put the plant. Yes indeed, choose one where you have a support so that the plant does not fall to the bottom of it, nor is it constantly wet. Only the roots have to touch, and very briefly, the water in that container.
In fact, this will make you have to keep an eye on it so that contact with the water is not lost through evaporation (if this is the case, the plant will be stressed and die).
water and fertilizer
Finally, you will need some water and fertilizer to add. Of the latter only a few drops.
You will have to change the water every monthalthough if it can be every two weeks much better.
How to reproduce the ribbon plant in water
Once you are clear about the essential elements that you are going to need, and the ways you have to reproduce it, the next thing is to choose the shape.
Once you have the plant to root, either by suckers, division of the plant or by having flowered, The following steps are the same in all of them:
Take the container and make sure that the support you have for the plant allows it to be secure and that it cannot fall into the water, nor can it fall off easily.
If it has roots, make sure that they are inside the container and check the length of these to know more or less how much water you should add. To give you an idea, You have to fill up to touch the shortest root it has. Just touch, do not put inside. And the other roots that can be longer? In principle there would be no problem. If they’re strong enough then they’ll pull through. If not, they may turn mushy and black. You will have to cut them (at that moment we advise you to add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to avoid infections).
If it does not have roots, you will have to fill with water until it touches the base of the plant.
Normally they take about two weeks to root to be able to transplant to water or substrate. This means that you could keep it in water for several months without a problem, or put it in a pot and give it the same care that you give to the adult plant.
Care of the ribbon plant in water
Finally, we would like to leave you with some considerations to take into account so that your tape plant in water does not die:
- Check daily to see if the plant has moved or if it has fallen further into the water. If so, get it out as soon as possible and put it in its place (do something so that it doesn’t happen again).
- Put it in a place with a lot of light. Not direct light, but indirect. This will encourage the production of the roots and, when you have enough, the plant will begin to grow. At that moment you can make the decision to plant it in the ground (it is the way that new plants grow from it).
- Once a month add a little compost. The plant in water develops roots that absorb water and nutrients from it, so you will need this.
As you can see, reproducing the tape plant in water is not difficult once you have the keys. Have you ever tried? How was the experience?