How to Grow Chinese Evergreen Plant from Cuttings | Aglaonema Propagation

Propagation of Aglaonema or Chinese evergreen from stem cuttings in water or soil is a simple procedure to multiply these plants, as I am doing in Sydney, Australia. By following the step-by-step guide given below, you can grow any aglaonema plant from cuttings including aglaonema red lipstick, red Siam aglaonema, aglaonema plant pink, aglaonema silver bay, etc.

How to Propagate Chinese Evergreen Plant

Chinese Evergreen Aglaonema Red Plant
Chinese Evergreen Aglaonema Red Plant

When to Propagate Aglaonema Plant

Grow your Aglaonema from cuttings from spring to summer, which is the plant's growing season. You can try in other seasons, but the cutting may rot in the process unless you the proper care of the planted cutting.

Taking the Cutting

The first important step in Chinese plant propagation is to select a proper stem cutting. Look for a healthy stem on the aglaonema plant that is free from any disease. The stem should have at least one leaf node  present, the node is the bumpy point where a leaf has emerged or will emerge. You should cut the aglaonema stem just below a node for propagation.

Preparation of Stem Cutting

Make a clean cut just below a node on the stem. Remove any lower leaves from the cutting and cut the upper leaves in to half to reduce moisture loss and directs energy towards root formation.

Aglaonema Cutting for Propagation
Chinese Evergreen Aglaonema Cutting for Propagation

Propagate Chinese Evergreen Cutting in Water

It is possible to root Chinese evergreen plant in water quite easily. Prepare the cutting as mentioned above. Put the cutting in a glass of clean water at room temperature. Ensure that at least one node is always submerged in water. Keep the glass at a bright warm place, away from direct sunlight. Change the water after every 3-4 days. The cuttings will root in a few weeks.

Transplant the rooted cutting in a small pot filled with free-draining nutrition rich potting soil. Place the pot in shade and water as required.

Propagate Chinese Evergreen Cutting in Soil

Take a small pot having several drainage holes. Fill this pot with rooting medium, which should be a well draining potting soil. Prepare this by mixing peat moss or potting mix and perlite or coarse sand.

Rooting hormone: The aglaonema cuttings do not need the application of any rooting hormone, but you can rub some aloe vera gel at the cut end to speed up rooting process.

Make a hole in the soil and plant the cutting in it, ensuring that at least one node is buried beneath the soil surface. Water lightly to provide moisture.

Enclose the pot in a clear plastic bag and place it in bright shade, away from direct sun light.

Open the bag every week to monitor the cutting and add a few drops of water as needed.

When the Aglaonema Cuttings will Root?

The cuttings will grow roots in 4 to 8 weeks depending on temperature, light condition and the quality of cutting. You may see new shoots emerging and some roots will emerge from the holes of the pot.

Once the roots on the cutting are quite thick and well-established, it is ready to be transplanted.

Transplanting: Remove the rooted cutting from its container and transplant it into a slightly larger pot filled with free-draining nutrition rich potting mix.

Water the plant thoroughly after transplanting and continue to keep the soil evenly moist as it establishes itself in its new pot.

Chinese Evergreen Plant Grown from Cutting
Chinese Evergreen Plant Grown from Cutting

Place the newly transplanted Aglaonema cutting in a warm, bright location with indirect sunlight. Avoid Exposing the new plant to direct sunlight can scorch the tender leaves.

Chinese Evergreen plants thrive in indirect light. Direct sunlight can cause the leaves to scorch or fade color and should be avoided. Note that too little light can cause the leaves to lose their distinctive colors.

With proper care and patience, you can successfully grow and propagate Aglaonema cuttings in water and soil and make new healthy, thriving plants.

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