The 7 Easiest Houseplants to Propagate

A zero-cost way to add more plants to your space

By: THURSD. | 07-04-2024 | 5 min read
Indoor Plants

Instead of constantly buying new plants, many plant parents try their luck with propagating their houseplants by themselves. Before you know it, you will actually enjoy the process of doing so and love to see new plant babies come to life.


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Houseplants You Can Easily Propagate

Houseplants can be propagated in numerous ways. While some of these propagation techniques demand a certain amount of experience and knowledge, others are a piece of cake even for beginners and black thumbs. If you’re ready to take your plant parenting to the next level, the delight of making plant babies will take you there. Let's dive into the top 7 easiest houseplants to propagate and thrive - or not die - in your space.

1. Epipremnum Aureum (Pothos)

Because Pothos plants are extremely hardy plants, there’s not much you can do wrong with it while propagating this strong leafy friend. Pothos roots incredibly well in water. So all you need to do to create some baby plants is to cut the vine just at a point below where a new leaf is coming out of the vine. Then, watch out for the nodes on your new cutting. The nodes are essentially where the leaf is attached to the vine. Now, all that is left to do is to make a cut on either side of the node. Simply put these cuttings in water and then wait. After about 2 to 4 weeks new roots should develop. When the roots are about 5 cm long, you can put the cuttings in a new pot with a fresh soil mixture.

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Read all about Pothos here: 'Pothos Plants - Care & All There’s to Know About This Houseplant'.

2. Zamioculcas Zamiifolia (ZZ Plant)

Another hard-to-kill plant that is also very easy to propagate is the ZZ plant. One way of propagating a ZZ plant is by stem cuttings. You can put ZZ plant stem cuttings in the water and they will eventually create roots. However, this is certainly not the best way to propagate a ZZ plant, as this takes a long time. ZZ plants have huge tubers and all you actually need to do to propagate a ZZ plant is to divide it in half and then repot it. If you already have a big plant, you can obviously also divide the plant into more than just two pieces.


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3. Ceropegia Woodii (String of Hearts)

Yet another houseplant that is easy to propagate. Almost too easy, as this plant is actually “self-propagating.” A String of Hearts plant can be either water-propagated or propagated directly in the soil. Both of these propagation techniques give great results but propagating Chain of Hearts in water is a bit easier overall. But, here's an interesting new hack to propagate your String of Hearts or String of Pearls. It really is at easy as it gets. Let’s say you have your String of Hearts in a hanging basket, then all you really need to do is to fill a new pot with your favorite potting soil and put that soil below your string of pearls and layer it on top of the soil. Believe it or not, but new roots will develop!


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4. Pilea Peperiomioides (Chinese Money Plant)

It doesn’t get much easier than propagating Pilea Peperiomoides because this awesome plant actually does the job for you and simply propagates on its own. So all that is left for you to do is to wait until the plant is popping up babies on its own. When those babies are about 2 to 3 inches tall, just simply remove them and put them in a new pot with new soil. Make sure that those new babies have enough root systems to support them.

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5. Sansevieria (Snake Plant)

All types of 'Snake Plants' can be propagated through division. To propagate by division, you carefully divide the plant using a secateurs. Propagating Sansevieria through division is probably the easiest and fastest way, but certainly not the only way. You can also go about propagating your Sansevieria through leaf cuttings. And that is easy too. All you need to do is to take a Sansevieria leaf and put that in water and then wait. It is really as simple as that. Once the leaf develops roots, you can transfer the leaf to a new pot.


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6. Chlorophytum Comosum (Spider Plant)

More often than not, plants that are considered low-maintenance, such as the spider plant, are also very easy to propagate. This definitely holds true with the Spider Plant. There are 3 ways to propagate a Spider plant: By root division, from seeds, or by simply rooting plant babies. All of these 3 propagation methods yield good results with the Spider Plant. The easiest and fastest way is by rooting plant babies.

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7. Senecia Rowleyanus (String of Pearls)

Just like the String of Hearts, this popular green beauty is a plant that is actually self-propagating. This houseplant is a perennial vine belonging to the group of succulents, new roots will develop by simply putting the hanging parts of your string on pearls on another bed of soil next to the mother plant. When new roots have developed after a few weeks, simply cut the mother plant loose from the new plant.

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