Understanding Plant Propagation from Offcuts

Posted by John Zeaiter on

Plant propagation is a way of life. Have you recently awoken to the wonderful world of plant propagation, but you are unsure of where to start “ or how to make the most of your offcuts? Whether you want more plants to turn your home into a lush jungle without spending a fortune, or you'd like a low-cost, easy way to make a few extra dollars, propagation may be the ideal pastime for you.

What is propagation from offcuts? Propagation from offcuts is the asexual process of creating new plants from bits of already established plants. Plant cells have the ability to duplicate the whole plant they're part of, meaning you literally clone the plant you take a leaf from. How crazy is that? It's important to remember that propagating from offcuts is a long game. It won't give you a green house overnight, but it will give you plants for free over time. If you want a lush hedge, a new tree, or new house plants right away “ consider the cheap, high-quality plants available through Evergreen Growers.

Can I make money from propagating plants? Backyard plant sales have grown into a big business. With plants being an increasingly popular way to spend spare dollars amongst millennials, and the ability to regrow plants from offcuts, it can be easy to get eager. Money may not grow on trees “ but perhaps it grows on succulents, monsteras and propagational plants? Yes, many thrifty green thumbed people sell plants grown in their backyard as a side hustle “ some even with ambitions to grow it into a fulltime venture. The rarer the plant, the higher the yield if you successfully propagate, pot, and grow an offcut. With care, rare plants such as variegated aspidistras and albino monstera plants can be propagated and sold for high prices. But remember, rare plants tend to increase in numbers quickly (and thus sink in price) due to forward-thinking propagators responding to a growing demand.

Conscientious gathering Collecting offcuts from other people's yards, public parks, and other garden patches has become a popular form of low-cost plant propagation. Whilst pinching off a leaf or a bit of a succulent likely isn't a concern (or will even be noticed) if the plant is big enough, it's important to be considerate of people's property and hard work. Ask for permission, forego the small succulents and plants, and always consider how you would feel if someone took offcuts from your beloved plants.

Got questions about garden, propagation or anything plant and garden related? Feel free to reach out to Evergreen Growers today!

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