Bustani Plant Farm
Highlights of propagation
OPTIMAL CUTTING MEDIUM
It's actually better to start cuttings in a well-draining, moist, combination of sand, moss, potting soil but I was in a hurry when I started the process.
Neither dark nor bright light helps cuttings root. Diffused light makes the healthiest plants at this stage.
Temperature recommendations vary but 70-degrees F is usually the goal. When the air is cold, the soil can be 10-degrees cooler than the air in the room.
Sometimes I use Rootone and sometimes I don't. A few of things I've learned about it: 1) Using too much can cause as many problems as not using it; 2) Nurseries use a type of rooting hormone we home gardeners cannot buy; 3) Don't stick the cutting into the bottle because any dampness transferred into the bottle can ruin it.
EASE OF PROPAGATION
Some plants are easy to duplicate; others resist.
Easy to propagate from cuttings: Begonia, Chinese Evergreen, Coleus, Jade Plant, Cordyline, Geranium, Ivy, Pothos, Swedish Ivy and Philodendron.
I read an interview with a famous gardener. When asked which plants to take cuttings from and which to leave to the professionals, he said, "Try everything for the fun of it."