4 Easy Plants to Propagate from Stem and Leaf Cuttings

4 Easy Plants to Propagate from Stem and Leaf Cuttings

You’ve likely seen the plant propagation trend all over TikTok, Instagram Reels and even YouTube tutorials. Plant propagation is the process that grows new plants from a variety of sources: seeds, cuttings, and other plant parts. But proper propagation isn’t as easy as you think it is and the success of propagating plants depends on a variety of factors, including the type of plant. 


We want to take the guesswork out of first-time propagation plant parents and give you 4 easy to propagate plants that you can propagate from stem and leaf cuttings. Basically, a stem cutting produces new roots, and a leaf-cutting can produce both stems and roots. DIY Propagation station - trailing pothos from stem cuttings

First off, why do people propagate plants?

  • Plant propagation in a low-cost way to add more plants to your home
  • It’s a nice way to share your beloved green amigo with friends and family and sometimes, plants can be passed down for generations.


There are many different methods (eg. propagating in water vs. potting mix) and the best way to tackle propagation depends on the type of plant you wish to propagate. To help you identify how to propagate by plant type, we broke it down for you here.  

One of the most common types of propagation is from stem and leaf cuttings

Here are 4 easy plants to propagate from stem and leaf cuttings:


1) Pothos (Stem Cutting)

With clean, sharp scissors, trim the vine directly below the node you wish to cut from. You can determine how long you’d like the vine. Place the stem where you cut in a glass of water and check back in a couple weeks for roots! 

Trailing Pothos Plant against a white brick wall

2) Philodendron (Stem Cutting)

Same propagation process as with Pothos.

3) Prayer Plants (Stem Cutting)

Same propagation process as with Pothos.


4) Snake Plants  (Leaf Cutting)

With clean sharp scissors, cut one healthy leaf at the base of the plant. Put the cut end of the leaf in a jar of water, just enough to cover the bottom quarter of the leaf. Place the jar in indirect light and be sure to change the water every couple of days. Keep checking in for roots!

 Snake plant in white pot

We’ve curated a Pinterest board of DIY Propagation Stations to point you in the right direction. Good luck!


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