The hanging plant, String of Bananas, is not the easiest to care for. It is quite easy to drown the plant. Not guilty of this? Then you will enjoy the plant for a long time to come. Let's dive into how to propagate string of bananas in 5 minutes today.
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Officially, the String of Bananas is called the Senecio radicans, but you can soon forget that. Just like other hanging plants such as the String of Hearts (Ceropegia Woodii) and the String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus), the String of Bananas is a real eye-catcher.
The propagation of the String of Bananas is so easy that anyone can do it. You need a little patience, but the first roots will soon appear. All you need is a pair of scissors and something to put the cutting in, of course.
What you need
- String of bananas (Senecio radicans)
- Container with water or flower pot with fresh succulent soil
How to Propagate String of Bananas: 4 Step Process
1. Select the propagation method
Propagation of the String of Bananas can be done in two ways: propagating in water and propagating directly in the soil. Before you start taking cuttings, it is useful to make a choice in advance.
In both cases you start with disinfecting the scissors. For this you can use pure alcohol or disinfectant.
2. Take cuttings
Once the scissors is thoroughly clean, it is time to actually use them. Take the stem(s) you would like to take cuttings. Make sure the stem is at least 10 cm.
You can also choose to take multiple stems at the same time.
Important: Cut the stems long enough. The bottom “bananas” may still need to be removed. Keep at least 2 “bananas” at the top of the cutting.
3. Put cuttings in water or soil
Here is the division between propagating in water or in soil.
The following applies to cuttings in water: Hang the cuttings of the String of Bananas in the container with water. Are the bottom “bananas” still touching the water? Cut these off the stem.
Do you choose to propagate directly with soil? Then cut the bottom “bananas” off the stem. Then put the stem in the soil. Instead of putting it in the soil, you can also place the cutting on the soil. Make sure that the place where you cut the bananas is well on the bottom.
4. Waiting for root growth
Do not overwater the cuttings in soil. Make sure the soil dries up between waterings.
New roots can develop in the places where you cut the “bananas”. Cuttings in water will grow roots sooner than with soil methods. However, the soil method is less time consuming.
After about a month there will be enough roots on the cuttings. As soon as the roots are long enough, you can repot the cuttings from the water into the soil.