How To

Make plant babies

Do you have a snake plant, an UFO plant or a Bromeliad at home? Lucky you. They are among the easiest plants to propagate. We explain how.

One of the things we love most about keeping houseplants is how easy it is to make more out of one.  Plants are designed to multiply. They spread roots, send off shoots, and regenerate themselves in all sorts of exciting ways. Even if you have very little experience with houseplants, you’ll find that propagating plants is a fun and gratifying way to take indoor gardening to the next level. Not only is it a great way to get more plants without paying for them but you’ll also have baby plants to share, swap or gift. And who doesn’t love baby plants?!

Propagation through offsets

There are several ways of propagating plants. One of the easiest is propagation through offsets. Not all plants form offsets but many cacti or succulents but also Bromeliads or the snake plant do. Offsets are new, virtually complete baby plants, also called suckers, at the base of the parent plant. These offsets are clones, meaning that they are genetically identical to the parent plants. Yes, that’s right. Clones. This is how cool plants are. They already have reproduction through cloning down pat.  The only thing you need to do is to separate the clones from the parent plant. We’ll show you how with one of our snake plants.

What you need

  • Your plant, of course
  • Clay pebbles or other drainage stones
  • Potting mix
  • Small Planters with drainage trays
  • Optional: Scissors or a Knife