"Plant lady strikes again," my boyfriend said after a box of live tradescantia cuttings arrived in the mail. I saw that they were too short for rooting in water, so I went with plan B.
I walked to Ko'olau Farmers, the neighborhood plant nursery, and picked up a seed starter mix, a seed tray, and root hormone.
Then I followed these five easy steps for planting my cuttings.
1. Prepare the seed tray. Sterilize your tray. Fill each plug with a seed starter mix. I like this light mixture of peat moss and perlite. Good drainage is important, so potting soil is not recommended. Lightly spray water on the mixture to help it settle and prevent dust from flying.
2. Use a chopstick to poke a hole in each plug.
3. Remove excess leaves near each cutting's bottom (to reduce the plant's stress). I pluck leaves from all cuttings before moving on to step four.
4. Dip the cutting's end in root hormone powder. Carefully insert the cutting into the hole without shaking off the root hormone powder. Repeat this until your cuttings are all planted.
5. Gently water your babies. Cover them with a plastic bag and place them in indirect sunlight. Check daily to ensure the plugs remain moist and periodically open the bag for ventilation.
In a month, your kiddos will have established roots. 🌱
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I'm Jade: a plant lover, plant mama, apartment dweller, and teacher living in Honolulu.
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