Propagate Rhaphidophora tetrasperma: The Water Method

Propagate Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma

We all love getting new plants and creating an enviable indoor jungle and one of the easiest ways to do that is by propagating but it can be pretty scary to cut up your plants that are growing so well without knowing whether it will work out. That’s why we put together this how-to propagate Rhaphidophora tetrasperma to give you the confidence to bust out your plant snips and start propagating! If you’ve only just gotten your Rhaphidophora tetrasperma and you need to know how to care for it, check out our Rhaphidophora tetrasperma plant care 101 article.

Step by Step Guide to Water Propagate Rhaphidophora tetrasperma

  1. Start with a sanitized pair of sharp scissors or garden snips

    It’s important to sanitize your tools to prevent the spread of disease from one plant to the next. You can sanitize them with rubbing alcohol or a bleach solution. Here you can read more about why it’s important to clean your garden tools.

    Making sure your tools are sharp will insure a nice clean cut.

  2. Select a section of stem with at least two nodes and two leaves

    By cutting a section that contains two or more leaves, you are ensuring that the cutting is able to photosynthesize and receive the necessary nutrients to grow and form strong healthy roots. Single-node/single-leaf cuttings do not have as high of a survival rate and may take longer to root.

  3. Cut the stem just below the node

    To properly propagate Rhaphidophora tetrasperma, you need to cut just below the node. This is where the aerial roots will form. If you cut above the node, then unfortunately your cutting will eventually die since it will never be able to form roots.

    Selecting a section that has already begun to form adventitious roots or aerial roots, will give your cutting a higher chance of survival.

    Here is a photo diagram to help you know where to cut.

    Propagate Rhaphidophora Tetrasperma

  4. Select your propagation vessel

    To propagate Rhaphidophora tetrasperma, choose a vessel that has a wide opening. Rhaphidophora tetrasperma roots grow quickly and tend to be a bit stiff.

    If your vessel has a narrow opening, you may have a hard time removing your prop without breaking off or damaging the roots. So, stay away from beer bottles and other narrow necked bottles. Reused spaghetti sauce jars work perfectly as propagation vessels!

  5. Place your cutting in your selected vessel and fill with water

    Make sure you fill it with enough water to cover the last node on the stem.

  6. Refresh the water at least once a week

    Smelly water with algae growing in it is not very appealing. Changing out the water once a week can prevent this.

  7. Once you have two or more roots that are at least a couple inches long, you can plant your cutting

    It can take anywhere from 3-6 weeks to get enough roots to be able to pot your plant. You should only propagate Rhaphidophora tetrasperma when it is actively growing.

    Learn more about how to pot your new plant, in our Rhaphidophora tetrasperma complete care guide.

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