We love houseplants. We love them so much that we want them vining all over our windows and filling every nook and cranny of our apartments—basically we want a jungle in our homes. The good news: that's very attainable, and actually quite inexpensive, provided you propogate even just a few of your plants properly. (Here's more on how to decorate with plants and thrift store finds.)
Our propagation vision is inspired by plant blogger Darryl Cheng, @houseplantjournal on Instagram. He cares for over 70 plants from Tillandsia air plants to his favorite massive Monstra Deliciosa, and through his photography and blogs, teaches people how to be responsible houseplant parents. If you’re ready to expand your collection, Cheng has the inside scoop on how to propagate almost everything. (Check out these 29 creative succulent planter ideas you should definitely steal).
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Most houseplants fall into four main categories of propagation, and when you follow some simple instructions, you can essentially double your home jungle in a month or so under the right conditions. Of course, for a little while you’ll have to pay a little extra attention to the small jars, trays, and pots around your home that are taking root, but it won't take long to reap the gorgeous rewards. (Propogated plants also make super simple DIY gifts in a pinch!)
Here are 4 ways to get started propagating all your plants:
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