How to Cut a Piece of a Plant and Regrow It


The interesting aspect of gardening that involves growing new plants from a piece of an existing plant or a kitchen waste is known as propagation. Gardeners of all skill levels are always hunting for new plants to add to their collections. When they find something particularly interesting, they may even give cuttings of it to their families, friends, and neighbours. There is a wide variety of plant life that may be propagated in your very own garden from cuttings in either an indoor or outdoor setting.

Before You Start

When dealing with plants or cutting instruments, it is essential to wear protective gear at all times. This includes gloves and goggles. When you are taking cuttings, it is also advised that you wear long sleeves, long trousers, and shoes with closed toes. Certain plants secrete a milky sap that resembles latex, which, when ingested by hypersensitive people, may induce severe allergic responses. Make sure that youngsters and animals can’t get their hands on any of the equipment or plants.

Before taking cuttings from live plants, you should sterilise any digging or cutting instruments you intend to use. To stop the transmission of illnesses from one plant to the next, disinfect the metal blades by soaking them in Lysol or Pine-Sol diluted to their maximum strength.

If you plan on reusing old flowerpots, be sure to give them a good cleaning beforehand. After that, place the pot into a solution that consists of one part chlorine bleach to nine parts water. First, put the flowerpot in hot water to soak for at least ten minutes, and then use dishwashing solutions and hot water to scrub it clean. To eliminate any mineral deposits, scrub the surface with a scouring pad or steel wool. Rinse it, then set it aside to dry in the open air.

Use the Bottom

Keep the undersides of veggies in the kitchen for later use. Some of the veggies that may be regrown from leftovers in your kitchen are beets (Beta vulgaris), rutabagas (Brassica napus), and sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas). The root should be held in place with toothpicks over a glass or canning jar so that it may be submerged in clean water. Every two to three days, the water should be changed out. Plant the cuttings in the potting soil after they have developed roots.

To encourage new growth on a cabbage plant, make a thin cut at the base of the head with a knife. Put the slice in the flowerpot with the stem end facing up and cover it with damp potting mix. Position the flowerpot in a warm area that receives either direct sunshine or strong light that has been filtered. Maintain a wet soil that is not saturated at all costs. A new plant will sprout from the severed end of the branch.

You may also regenerate lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), and celery (Apium graveolens) in water or soil. In the plant hardiness zones 7 through 10 designated by the United States Department of Agriculture, fennel grows as a short-lived biennial, but lemongrass flourishes in zones 9 through 10.

Save the Top

Certain veggies may produce new growth from their tips. Keep between 0.5 and 1 centimetre of the vegetable connected to the leaves when you cut it. You can regrow some vegetables and fruits, such as carrots (Daucus carota subsp. sativus), onions (Allium cepa), and pineapples (Ananas comosus), by placing the cut edge of the plant in water or soil and maintaining a moist environment until new growth appears. Carrots are a species of Daucus carota.

Before you plant the pineapple, you should let the portion that was chopped off some time to dry out. Onions can survive in USDA zones 3 through 9, but pineapples thrive in USDA zones 10 through 11. Pineapples are tropical plants and need warmer temperatures.

Use Flower Nodes or Cuttings

Taking a stem that is 3 to 5 inches in length or a softwood cutting that is 4 to 6 inches in length can allow you to regenerate numerous plants and shrubs. You might also use a flower stem, provided that it contains at least two nodes along its length. Take off the bottom half of the cutting and remove any blooms, flower buds, and leaves that are on there.

Rooting compound should be applied to the base of the cutting, and then the cutting should be inserted between one-third and one-half of its length into damp sand, seed-starting mix, or potting soil. Put the cutting and the pot inside of a plastic bag, or place a plastic bottle on top of it. Position it in an area that is both warm and well lighted. To prevent the soil from drying up before new growth appears, mist it as often as necessary.

Start From a Leaf

There are certain plants that can be grown from individual leaves or leaf segments. The point where the stem connects to the main plant of an African violet (Saintpaulia ionantha) is where you should cut the leaf. After cutting the stem at an angle of 45 degrees, place it in potting soil or another lightweight mix that is wet up to the point where it meets the bottom of the leaf.

As long as you keep the soil wet, new plantlets should start to develop in around two to three weeks. Because they can survive in USDA zones 10 through 12, African violets are often cultivated as houseplants rather than outdoors.

How to Regrow Broccoli

After the first harvest of broccoli (Brassica oleracea var botrytis), the plant will produce a second and occasionally even a third crop of the vegetable. Cut the stem of the broccoli a few inches below the primary floret and you will be able to replant broccoli from the stump. Keep the portion of the stem that is lower down on the plant. Along the stem, new side shoots will sprout, which will result in an increased number of broccoli florets.