With these plants growing from leaves, you don’t need stem cuttings or root divisions to propagate them. A single leaf is enough to create a new plant. Here is a list of 12 plants that are easy to propagate from a leaf.
Growing plants from leaves
Compared to growing plants from seeds, propagation from leaves takes less time. All you have to do is cut a healthy leaf and plant it. However, you may need to be a little more careful at first, but the effort will pay off!
Plants that grow from leaves
1. Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana)
Growing this plant from a leaf is a fairly simple process. Select a healthy leaf and cut it with a little stem attached to its end.
Allow it to dry out for a day to form a callus on the cutting, then pot or plant it in a pot filled with seed starter mix, water well and place it where the leaf receives a bright but indirect light.
See: Propagate and Grow Kalanchoe Organically.
2. Sword of Saint George (Sanseveria trifasciata)
This air-purifying plant can be easily propagated from the leaves in soil and water.
The best time to propagate it is in spring or fall. To prolong it, cut a leaf of about 10 or 15 cm in very good health, bury the cut part about 2 cm in the ground, then water abundantly and place it in a place with indirect and bright light.
See: Growing Sansevieria (Sword of Saint George) and its care.
3. Peperomia (Peperomia)
To grow peperomia, pick a healthy leaf from the base of the stem. You can use the whole sheet or cut it in half widthwise. Dip the edges in rooting hormone (optional), make a small hole in the growing medium and insert the leaf 1-2cm deep into the potting soil.
Water thoroughly and cover the top of the pot with a plastic bag. Keep the next plant in bright, indirect light. The leaf will take root in 3-5 weeks.
See: How to propagate, grow Peperomia and its care.
4. Begonia (Begonia rex)
Find the healthiest leaf with healthy midribs and cut it off along with the stem.
Now turn the sheet over and cut the veins in the center. These cuts are where the new plants will grow.
Once you’ve made all the cuts, turn the leaf over and place it in a pot with light potting soil.
To ensure that the veins are in direct contact with the culture medium, use pins to gently and adequately press the leaf.
You also have the option of using pebbles to prevent the leaf from curling too much, as this will hinder the propagation process, but be very careful not to damage the propagation leaf.
Once you’re done, be sure to provide it with good humidity and bright, indirect light. It is also a good option to mist it frequently with water.
The leaf can take up to 6-8 weeks to propagate and 1-2 plants will grow per cutting. Be patient.
See: How to propagate, grow Begonia rex and its care.
5. African Violets (Saintpaulia)
You can propagate this plant very easily by growing it from the leaves. Simply take a fresh leaf from a healthy plant with a petiole attached and propagate it in light potting soil.
See: Planting and growing the African violet, complete guide.
11 Tips for Caring for African Violets
Jade tree (Crassula ovata)
One of the most popular houseplants is also one of the easiest to grow from leaves. All you have to do is cut a few leaves and let them harden.
Once they are slightly dry on the cut side, place them on any growing medium and watch them grow! Yes! It’s that simple!
See: How to propagate and grow the jade tree and its care.
6. Aloe (Aloe)
Although it is possible to grow aloe from leaves, it can be time consuming and not as efficient as growing these plants from divisions or progenitors. You will have to be very careful.
Cut a healthy leaf 10 to 15 cm from an aloe plant and let it form a thin film. This can take between 1 and 2 weeks.
Once done, dip the end in rooting hormone and plant it in a succulent mix. Water well and place it in a location that receives bright, indirect light.
See: How to easily reproduce Aloe vera (sabila).
Most succulents, such as Haworthias, Echeverias, Crassulas, and Sedums, can be grown successfully from leaves.
See: 4 Methods to easily multiply succulents.
8. Fishbone cactus (Epiphyllum anguliger)
Fishbone cactus can be grown from seeds and leaves/pads. Cut the leaf from the main plant with a sterile knife. Let it heal and a callus forms.
Insert the leaf one centimeter deep into the containers, and in a month the roots will emerge. Leave it in the shade and always keep the soil moist until you see new growth.
See: Growing Fishbone Cactus (Queen of the Night) and its care.
9. Zebra Cactus (Haworthia)
This beautiful succulent offers a rosette of fleshy patterned green leaves; You can propagate it by picking a healthy leaf from the stem and placing it in well-drained soil.
See: How to propagate, grow Zebra Plant and its care.
10. Chinese money plant (Pilea peperomioides)
The key to increasing the chances of propagation is to take about 2 cm from the stem with the leaves.
Plant it in the ground in moist soil and leave it in the shade until you see new growth.
11. Angel wing cactus (Opuntia microdasys)
Cut the pad or ear with a knife or tweezers from the main plant, or simply twist it by hand. Let it dry and heal for a few days, and wait for the calluses to form.
Plant the pad (only 10-20% of it) in a pot filled with cactus mix, cut side down. Keep the container in a place where it receives bright but indirect light.
12. ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
The ZZ plant can be easily propagated from the leaves, but propagation takes time. Simply cut off a few healthy, fat leaves and plant them from the cut section, 1-2cm deep in the potting mix.
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