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Transferring Propagated Plants to Soil

Propagating plants is not only a labor of love but even more so a labor of waiting. While this is a rewarding process, it certainly takes patience to wait for your cuttings to grow roots. If you’re reading this, you have likely made it through the waiting phase and are now ready to transfer your rooted cuttings to their new home. And if not, hang in there… they are worth the wait!

I’m sure you have tons of questions right now: Where do I start? Are the roots long enough? What soil should I use?

Have no fear friends, this is the fun part! So let’s start from the top, shall we?


If your cuttings have 1-inch roots or longer, I would say 3-4 inches at most, you are ready to plant. If you’re like me and sometimes forget about your propagating plants, no worries at all. You’ll just need to cut the roots to be closer to 1-2 inches.


Have your work station ready with a planter, the soil of your choice, your rooted cuttings and water. I suggest using a 4-6 inch planter for most rooted plant cuttings. This allows your plant enough room for their root system to grow, while not offering too much space (which can make nourishing them with water difficult). Make sure your pot has at least one drainage hole, or drill holes if needed.


  • Begin by adding potting soil to your planter, filling the bottom 2 inches of the pot.
  • Grab your rooted cutting, and if you haven’t already, go ahead and rinse under fresh water before adding to the planter.
  • Once your cutting is placed in the planter, continue adding soil over the top until you have an inch left at the top of the planter.
  • Pat down gently, securing the roots and stem in place. Then add a little more soil, again making sure to leave an inch of space from the top of the pot.
  • Water thoroughly, allowing the water to drain from the bottom.

Once your plant is situated in its new home, you will want to keep an eye on the top inch of soil. A good rule of thumb after first planting a propagated plant is to keep it moist but not constantly soaked. When your plant’s roots have established themselves, you can begin watering on a regular cycle – typically when the top layer of soil has dried out.

I hope you enjoyed these tips on transferring your plant cuttings to soil – make sure to check out all of our propagated plants offered in our shop.

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