How To Propagate Plants With Rapid Rooter
I recently purchased some hearty coleus plants for my yard. I love them and they are well suited for my part shade garden. So I decided that I should propagate them. Coleus are notoriously fast to “strike”(ex: form roots), so they should be ready to go into the ground before it gets too much colder here at my house in the redwood forest.
Taking cuttings from donor plants is really easy. Besides saving money on new plants, it allows you to perpetuate your plants without breeding while preserving their exact characteristcs. I love the General Hydroponics Rapid Rooter 50 Plug Tray because its complete and simple. The plugs are all natural, made with organic materials, and they come innoculated with beneficial microbes. I can’t name all the reasons I like this product more than rockwool, but, one- they are way more natural, two- they aren’t as likely to rot the soft stem of the cutting.
Materials: Rapid Rooter 50 Plug Tray, Sharp Scissors, Peroxide, Donor Plant, Heat Mat, Lid, Water
Step 1. Clean the scissors with peroxide, then use them to cut a small branch from the donor plant. Cut right above any node, on the diagonal.
Step 2. Stick the cut end into the Rapid Rooter Plug. Fill the tray with as many cuttings as you like, up to 50.
Step 3. Pour 1/4 inch water into the tray. As the plugs dry out, refill the water.
Step 4. Set the tray on a seedling heat mat. Add the lid and keep the whole thing in the sun.
That’s it! As they sprout roots, I’ll keep you posted!