A new lease of life for houseplants
BBC Gardeners’ World presenter and horticultural expert Alys Fowler has these top tips for easy propagation for houseplants
If you’re short of houseplants but don’t want to fork out a fortune on new ones, BBC Gardeners’ World presenter Alys Fowler says you can easily boost your stock through propagation.
She said: “Think of spider plants with all those hanging baby spiders just waiting to touch a bit of soil and send down roots.
“Other plants can easily be divided. Offsets, runners and suckers are another straightforward way of creating new plants.” But among the easiest ways to increase your stock is to divide plants. Those which are suitable for this method include adiantum, aspidistra, calathea, maranta, chlorophytum and fittonia. You can’t divide plants which have a single stem, such as climbers, or those which have leaves that arise from a single stem.
Alys said: “Dividing plants can offer them a new lease of life. If the older parts are in the middle, for
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Alys Fowler, author of Plant Love, shows your how to propagate plants to boost your stock cheaply