Few money saving ideas excite me more than growing my own plants from plants I already have. And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing with my basil, gardenia, and Christmas cactus plants.
Cloned Plant #1: Basil
About six weeks ago I highlighted a post by Gayla Trail that described how to propagate herbs. Shortly after that, I followed Gayla’s instructions to clone my basil plant. I clipped off a couple of small branches, removed the lower leaves, and put them in water. After a couple of weeks they’d sprouted roots, so I planted them in some potting soil in a pot on my deck. And now I have two additional healthy basil plants growing happily. Here’s a picture of my first basil plant (which is actually not looking too healthy after our long, hot summer):
And here are this plant’s thriving clones:
Pretty cool, right?
Cloned Plant #2: Gardenia
Buoyed by my success with the basil, I moved on to our gardenia bushes. I wrote a post about cloning our gardenias. I used the same technique I used to clone the basil. After about 2-3 weeks, I’m happy to report that my mini gardenias have some healthy roots growing. Here’s a photo from the end of July of one of the newly clipped gardenia cuttings:
I put the cuttings in a cup of water on my kitchen windowsill:
And now my cuttings have grown some great looking roots:
I’ll give them another week in the cup of water and then I’ll transfer them to their own pots with some soil.
Cloned Plant #3: Christmas Cactus
And, last but not least, I got a little dizzy with the excitement of cloning plants. Two weeks ago I spied my sad looking Christmas cactus and broke off a couple of pieces to put in water. I had no idea what would happen, but I figured I wouldn’t miss a couple of spikes from the cactus. Here’s the not particularly attractive original plant:
The pieces of Christmas cactus have been hanging out in their own cup of water on my kitchen windowsill. Triumph of all triumphs, they, too, have developed some good looking roots:
I’ll try transferring them, along with the gardenia cuttings, to their own pots with soil next week.
I’m becoming a little cloning addict. Do you have any recommendations for other plants that I can easily clone? I’m ready!