ASK gardenstead 001 | How To Not Kill Your Houseplants – Watering, Propagating and much more


Hi everybody, welcome! Shannon, Jaz and
welcome to gardenstead. Today we are going to talk about how not to kill your houseplants or we’re
going to try, so more specifically we’re going to talk about drainage holes, best
watering practices, how to propagate and how to generally not stress about taking
care of your houseplants. Yeah, we’re just going to answer a lot of the questions
that you guys have posed to us. So, we have been online listening to questions,
so many questions. We have such an interactive, amazing, energetic group of
gardeners and everybody has really good questions. So, we thought we’d take the
time to sit down and go through them all. because there’s never an end to garden
questions. Yeah, there’s always something to learn for sure and
there are a hundred different ways to garden. So, we have our opinions, we’ve
done a lot of research. Here’s a little bit about us. So, Shannon and I think
are a little bit similar in that we have we grasped onto the idea of gardening
years and years and years ago and completely pushed our passion forward
with it and are all self-taught. I’ve worked for a handful of professional
garden companies where I’ve learned a lot but, a lot of what I’ve learned is
through books, through other people and just through trial and error and
completely growing something on my own and I grow a lot from seed so I prefer,
my specialty is vegetable gardening. But, I do love flowers.
My specialty is definitely flowers. I’ve grown some vegetables, I grow a ton of
herbs also, to use in floral design. But, for me, I grow a lot of flowers. A lot
from seed and a lot of perennials which are difficult. We’re in the north,
northeast so we have pretty cold winters and how to get things to come back but,
yeah for me also, pretty much self-taught like it’s in my blood. My grandmother was
an amazing gardener, my mother is a great gardener. She’s on the horticultural society and a trained florist. So, it’s always sort of
been in my blood and yeah, like I kind of love the trial and error.
I think I like that there’s so many people that like to give you a lot of
tips and tricks. But, I mean every climate is so different. Don’t you notice that
you’ll take a tip from somebody to try to get something to grow better and it
doesn’t even work, and it’s like well your way is better. I don’t know
there are tons of houseplant questions from our community. Yeah, so we’re going to answer a few of them. So, the question was should I have a schedule to water my
houseplants and if not, how do I know when to water? This is a really good
question, very good question. My first reaction is absolutely no schedule. Yeah,
mine too. The reason being is seasons. Change in seasons, if I were to stick to
every single Monday you’re watering your plants and it’s winter. Your
plants are not actively growing in the winter being the dormant phase. Yeah, so they are not growing and
producing as much energy so, they don’t need to take as much food in. Another big
thing is light. Light is the biggest thing. If your plant is in good light and
it is growing well then it might need more water than twice a week. Then, not
if it’s a cloudy week and it’s not producing photosynthesis as much. Yeah, it
doesn’t need as much water so, I don’t how do I know when to water my plants? My
biggest takeaway from growing plants over the years is truly just observation.
Yeah, so I have learned that’s what baffles me about people who have 300
plants in their house. How do you watch each one and learn the pattern of it?
Yeah, so I know when a plant needs to be
watered by looking at how the leaves are responding. So, my pothos for example if
it starts to droop a little bit then I know to water. Yeah, I think what
people assume too is like, either they water too little or
water too much. so I 100% agree with what you’re
saying. For me also every plant is totally different so, some plants are
going to need a lot more water than others like ferns. It’s really good to
research a little bit like, what plants you have. I think a lot of people think
plants need so much water but if you water too much even with drainage holes you
can create like rot, right. Too much water is going to create like tuber rot,
they’re drowning in water. They want, the soil should be moist and you should
like, if you can squeeze water out of your plant, you’ve watered it too much.
And if it’s getting like so, if a leaf or something is getting like dry
looking some of the leaves are like crinkly, they’re either dead leaves
or it could be that you’re not watering it enough and it’s dying. So, cut
back the dead leaves, water. If they’re looking like smushy. Do you know what I mean? Mushy, especially succulents and cacti Yeah, then it’s too, too much water. You
can save it, just take it out, rinse. Yeah don’t water, rinse off like the bulb
system or the root system and replant in fresh soil. So, okay so one of your
favorite houseplants is the Oculis triangularis? Oxalis. Oxalis. Oculis, I think it’s like an eye disorder or like an eye lens. You have a pronunciation disorder. I do, I do! Well, plants are hard But, yeah okay. So this is Oxalis
triangularis. This is your favorite houseplant. How often do you water
yours? I don’t know. I don’t know. If you had to take a guess. Once a week. Okay. They’re really, really hearty like the other day I noticed, I propagate them a
lot indoors. So, right now there’s probably like 15 or 20 in my house. And I
noticed I sould like a crazy lady. I noticed they almost all were like light,
light, light brown like the dirt looked dry and crunchy and it was like pulling
away from the sides of the pot. That’s a really, really good
tip. So, when plants need to be watered they actually recede the soil
level. Yeah, and this is okay this is great. This is doing exactly what Shannon
just said so, the soil has pulled away from the pot a little bit because it’s
like it’s searching. It’s like there’s no moisture at all so that’s a really good
tell it needs to be watered. I also touch my plants all the time
because every potting soil can be a different color like I think I bought
one and it was so black that I just assumed it was always watered. I’m like
fine touch your soil like right now if you
look while I’m touching this like it’s I’m just literally touching it and
it’s moist. It’s not wet but, it’s moist this plant is fine. Yes and also touch
your plants all the time anyway. Don’t be afraid of them, they’re hardier than
you think and just get to know them and observe like truly, truly the number
one thing I can say is observe your plant. Observe your plant before and
after you water it. Another, really important thing is when all the flowers
fall off, the plant is not dead. It’s going through its dormant stage, right. A really
good thing is to research where your plants are native to. Yes, sometimes like
you’ll read and it’s like where do orchids grow? They grow like on trees and
in like woody areas and some plants survive just by the moisture in
rainforest air. Absolutely, that is the best. That is another really good tip is
trying to mimic the natural environment that your houseplant comes from.
Yeah, so for something like ferns. Ferns grow in rain forests but, in the in the
bottom layer of the rainforest so they’re not, they don’t want that getting
a ton of light they’re getting dappled sunlight throubghout the day. Yeah, so and
really humid so, with watering I think and misting. Mist your plants. I disagree. Oh, okay. It’s interesting I think some plants in the winter not in the summer. In the
winter can do really well with misting tropical plants. Because, you think about how
dry forced air is like where we live how dry it is. It can help to do a light mist
sometimes. You don’t like misting. Okay, so I think misting is a quick fix because
as soon as you mist basically half an hour later it is evaporated. Mist and water, don’t not water. Yes, of course, okay so this is how I when I overwinter my
ferns. I get a large saucer, I put rocks on the bottom. Then, I water
the rocks. Then, I put the fern on top and the water evaporates slowly up
and hits the plant as it goes up. Okay, that’s smart. I don’t disagree with
that at all. Alright, in the sense that misting is a quick fix. However, it’s not
a bad idea when the air is super dry and you have like a very tropical plant. Stale household. Yeah and in the winter, windows have not been open for a
long time. And yeah it needs circulation and air. They breathe through their
leaves so, if you watch a plant very carefully. Right now this plant is so
happy, it’s in motion. It’s breathing, it’s happy. Sometimes the leaves just turn
yellow it is a natural cycle of a plant. Yeah, if
a plant is producing a lot of new growth and a few leaves are turning yellow that
is just natural. And that’s good. It’s like the cycle of life. That’s fine. If all of your leaves are turning yellow then you have a deeper issue. But if you
have let’s say this plant and there are two yellow leaves. Just pick them
off. That is a natural part of the plant.
It’s like shedding dead skin. It’s almost like you shouldn’t have to worry so much
about your plant. I know we gave a lot of information about watering but really
like just relax if you are getting a plant and you think it is going to look
the same for its whole life. Then you already have the wrong
mentality because a plant is going to have natural ailments. Little bits of
brown tips are com pletely normal on spider plants. It’s just part of the
cycle of the plant. Producer: Would you share how to clean your houseplants when you do that? Oh, good question! I clean it with a cloth. Do we have a cloth?
I get just like a damp house cloth or a clean dishcloth and all I do is I
take a little bit of warm water and I just wipe the leaves so why I do this is
dust and particles from the air can attach themselves onto the leaves and
over time because plants breathe through their leaves they just need to be
cleaned. Is this how you do it? Honestly, I rarely I only clean my like bigger, weedy plants.
So, orchids I’ll clean the two like really big leaves at the base. I’ve never cleaned one of these because they produce so many new leaves all the
time and then the older ones die off that there’s not really any time. With my fiddle leaf fig, I definitely do that with just like a damp cloth like you
said. My snake plants. Have you ever heard of some people use a tiny bit of
lemon? No, I’ve never done that I just do just warm water. I saw somebody once
trying to vacuum a plant and I was like like with one of those extenders I mean, I think it was a custodian in like a large space.
So, good for them for trying to clean it up. Maybe it was spiderwebs. Lani from Illinois, Hi Lani! A hanging plant for inside. First of all I think
it’s really, really important there’s a website and of course I’m gonna forget
it CPA
CCSPA for toxicity there’s a there’s a really great an American
website that goes through all the plants that are toxic to animals and plants
that are non toxic to animals which I always recommend. This is toxic, Oxalis is
toxic if ingested. I always make sure I ask people because I know some animals
will get into it I believe it’s only toxic for animals but like I’ve never
eaten it so but it’s really important to check that out as for a lot of light in
Illinois you’re gonna get sort of the same winters that we get so you’re
probably not gonna get as much light in the winter so even though it might do
really really well in the summer you want to make sure that you’ve got
something that will adapt well into the winter months. So, I would say like
your Pothos. Yeah, any variety of Pothos and a Spider plant the
other plants are great so you’re looking if you’re also if you’re gonna hang them
that is good for toddler and animal Because they won’t be able to reach. It’ll be out of the way. Yeah, so Philodendron also really excellent plant that can tolerate
a little bit of lower light. Yeah, so my main choices for her would be Snake- I
mean Spider, Pothos, Philodendron. I agree, I mean I love snake plants but
you can’t really hang them. It would be like a weird, spiky sculpture in like
the corner of your house. Yeah depends on the look you’re going for. Yeah, but I wouldn’t do that. And there’s some amazing indoor hangers
nowadays. I really love and it’s really annoying that it’s not in Canada
but there’s this American company, Terrain. It’s owned by Anthropologie like
that company they have an amazing variety and they they don’t ship to
Canada they only ship within the US so if you’re in the US I would check them
out for some great indoor hanging stuff. Yeah, so those are really good options
because it’s also so many varieties within those species. Yeah, another really cool indoor plant again I
don’t know about its toxicity though is the prayer plant and Zz. Zz plants maybe not in a hanging but a prayer plant this is
actually these are cuttings so I was gonna show this later. These are this is
a prayer plant that I did cuttings from so I cut underneath a leaf node. A leaf
node is just where a new leaf set comes out and there’s like little tiny
white dots cut there put it in water it’s rooted now I have a whole other
plant. These are really cool they come in a variety of different colors and if you
let it grow and don’t cut from it it’s gonna start to hang and trail and this
one is the calathea maranta it’s got these cool like hot pink stripes in it
and the base the bottoms of the leaves are like a reddish pink it comes in a
ton of different color options so it’s really easy it is a tropical one so you
want to be careful that it does get a bit of light in the winter months but I
find them really easy to care for and they will sort of like hang down and
continue to grow downwards that way okay so the question is, How does one go
without the drainage hole and if I don’t have one can I add rocks to the bottom? If you have a pot that you must use and
you don’t want to drill your own drainage hole. Two things: Yes, you can add
rocks to the bottom I do not recommend that because of added weight but if
that is your must it is better than nothing. However, another option is to just plant it into a plastic pot. You read my mind that does have drainage holes and then placing the plastic pot
into a nice pot yeah it’s called like a cache pot. So, I got this snake plant
a couple months ago and I actually haven’t even watered it
yet and I’m going to keep it in this pot for a very long time. When I bring plants
home from the nursery I’m a big believer of acclimatizing them.
I do not repot them right away yeah, so I will keep it this in this pot which has
drainage holes and then I will place it into a nice-looking planter. So,
how I water and yeah I’m curious to see if you do it too. I know you seem like really
into how to water that I’m like, I feel like it’s pretty easy but I’m just
talk to me. Okay, how do you water? How do I order my plants. Okay any plant that is
easy to pick up I move into my sink. Step one, I place them into the sink and I
kind of do a rotating thing and this is like all my stuff I don’t just do one
full day of watering. I pick a few plants that need watering that I know need
watering and I do them so I don’t have this day where it’s like an hour’s worth
of watering. I just do little bits at a time and I wait until water starts
dripping out at the bottom and then I do even more after that and I just let it
soak all the way through drain all the way out and then I put it back in its
spot. Is that how you water? Yeah, pretty much. I mean I think I’m a bit lazier
than you so I definitely do it like that. You do want it to go all the way through
and drain out if you’re just watering and you’re not getting any water
draining out the bottom then you might not even be hitting the roots yet. So,
you want to water your plants and make sure it’s all the way
moisturized. If they’re sitting in water and they haven’t drank
that water up that means they don’t need it and they’ll be swimming in it.
And that’s what causes root rot and bacterial growth and also why I water the way I water is because of air pockets. So, I would never
have done it that much. I would have waited till it drains through and I would
have been done. Yeah, so I am probably done now and then that’s
it and. Then, I truly I do what my mother calls the feast and famine method. So, she
barely waters her plants and then she waters them
super thoroughly. See how I’m balancing the watering can on my leg. It’s impressive, I’m very impressed
right now. And then they just they respond really well to it. Because, you
can also somewhat train some of your plants. So, I wait until like my Oxalis my
Prayer plants, I wait until they’re pretty dry because they’re like
tropicalesque plants. They are used to going without water. My ferns, I actually keep in the kitchen. Cause I water them almost every day
because ferns will dry out and die without moisture. So, the amount of times,
I love Maidenhair ferns I think they are so beautiful and lightweight I just love
them. I’ve killed.. this is the longest I’ve kept one alive it’s been a month.
Really? That’s it, and you keep going for it. Cause, well because I love them. But, I
always kill them because I don’t water them enough. So, that’s when I go into a
nursery yeah as much as I want to I steer away from ferns that’s why they’re
hard to keep alive they’re really hard to keep alive they just need they drink
so much water and they take so much water so those I would say water every
day and that’s why I leave them in my kitchen when I’m doing propagations and
I’m cutting doing cuttings to create new plants I also leave them in my kitchen
because if these roots if this drinks all the water and I forget there’s not
even like a moist soil it’s sitting in. There’s nothing so I keep cups of water
all in my kitchen and my ferns in my kitchen and then like you’re in your
kitchen every day. So, I water them almost every day. And how often do you change
the water out of your propagated plants. I mean there’s no.. if it starts to get cloudy
yeah, I’ll change it out. I mean I changed this the other day. It’s not cloudy
there’s tiny little like filaments of like the roots but it’s not cloudy it’s
fine fresh water and this is my adorable cup. It is it’s adorable. Yeah, so I mean
with watering I tend to have.. I have a really huge, beautiful, gold, long-spouted watering can. And I will fill that up and I will
actually, go around my house I don’t bring them all to the kitchen right I’ll
go around and I’ll water. I know what needs to be watered once a week, once every two
weeks depending on the time of the year and only water what needs to be watered.
Yeah, resist the urge to water when you don’t need to. You probably have
a better method. I have a lazier method See but, I thought my method was lazy
because I do it so infrequently so when I do it I just do it fully. Fully
saturate everything and then I leave it forever. Like I water my snake plant like once every like two months. I think I
forgo t about my snake plant, I thought it was plastic. It’s alive. If you tend to
be a “lazy houseplant person.” Like really lazy, like you think they’re plastic by accident. But, then a
month later remember that it’s a real plant. Then you have to have a drainage
hole because it is like your insurance. I thought you were going to say that you have to
have a snake plant. Because those are indestructible. How do you kill one?
one? We should do a segment on that how That sounds really dark. But, I just I don’t know how. I have killed one. What? I have- you
just did the most elaborate watering demonstration and you’ve killed an
indestructible plant. You shouldn’t be on this show. Exactly, trial and error.
You can’t be afraid to kill a plant and have a lot of plants. You have
to accept that it’s a natural part of the natural world and there will be. Well
it’s not lion king, I mean we’re trying to keep it alive. Cameraperson: That’s what Jaz keeps telling herself, it’s no big deal. But it isn’t. Well it isn’t like a really difficult plant and it and you’ve tried and this isn’t the right
climate. But, like I don’t know like how does anyone not. I’ve killed a Zz.
Okay, I can believe that. I am not afraid and I am proud to have killed plants
because from that is how I learn. That’s very true that’s a very very good point
Except, I’m just still on the whole snake. I overwatered it years and
years and years ago. Okay, you over watered it I
get that. Then, so it got mushy and flopped over. And I apologize that does
make sense because you think you think you have to water plants so much They
don’t want to like.. it’s all relative to light. Okay, you know how like when
you’re swimming for such a long time and your body turns like your whole body is
a prune. I do. It’s your body being like just we can’t absorb more water,
maybe get into land, get into some air. Maybe get into land get onto land. Roll
onto the land. Roll onto the land because it’s like it’s telling you I don’t know
if my analogies are reading I feel like people might be like I’m trying to like
give them a concept is like don’t over water your plants. Okay, here I
have one. If you always had water in your shoes, you’re wearing
rubber boots and you had two notches and water. Sneakers, yeah
sneakers cause it absorbs it like sauces as you walk. If you don’t have a drainage hole
yeah how do you know if you’re over watering or not. That’s why you wear flip-flops
all summer long that’s why you wear flip-flops. Flip-flops equal drainage I
already it’s like early July I already have my flip-flop tan from gardening. So, okay so drainage hole is the best but if not just water yeah watch your plants.
Watch your plants and underwater. Don’t be afraid I just watered this
so I’m not going to pull it out but don’t be afraid to take your plant out
when it’s dry when it’s wet all of this will the soil will crumble take the
plant out of its pot and see what’s going on. Look at the roots like really
interact with your plants as much as you need to to learn from it yeah I’m not
afraid ever to pull a plant out of the pot especially at nurseries. Is this a
cutting? So , this is not Just one tall stem. I know this just grew that way and this is about five years old. This is a baby rubber plant
(Oops, she meant a “Peperomia Baby Rubber Plant (peperomia obtusifolia). It almost looks like a Jasmine but it’s a single step I was
like what is that and so this plant responds really well to the light so I’m
constantly having to rotate it toward the lights, to the light yeah
like these, we’re all obviously growing towards the light and then yeah you have
to rotate them the other thing is if they’re growing towards the light
they’re probably not going to get crazy sunburnt because they want so much light
but rotate your plants anyways because you want them to grow straight and some
might get like a sunburn so you want to make sure that you’re not they’re not
maybe all getting complete direct sunlight all day so how so do you rotate
them a quarter or I usually what I do is I flip it 180 some people rotate like
you have very.. I don’t think I have a method for a lot of this. Yeah, I
mean you that’s great I just yeah probably rotated halfway yeah it’s
probably what I would do yeah okay so the question was, “how do I
propagate my houseplants?’ and one of the questions was “how do i propagate my jade
house plant?” and snake and monstera. Monstera okay so
Jade’s are actually very easy to propagate this is in fact the very first
Jade I ever propagated ever still going. Yes, it’s a happy
guy. So how i propagate Jade’s is usually by stem clipping versus leaf because
Jade’s are kind of can be a bit on the slower side of growing so leaves don’t
grow very fast just a leaf clipping that means like taking just this one leaf and
having it grow a new plant so this is another plant that I propagated Jade
from my mother’s Jade plants so what I do is I just take a stem and I clip it
with clean scissors and take off one of the bottom leaves
and that’s it I let this sit for maybe a week so the bottom callus is over and
then I stick it in soil that’s it so you don’t wait till it makes roots you can
so you can also stick it in water yeah and some people find that’s faster I
don’t I just stick it you don’t put it in water you let this callus over and
then you put it in soil yep so that’s how I’ve always done them and again just
like everything with gardening there’s other there’s different ways to do it
but I do the callus over and then soil method. Also what’s really important with
Jade’s just like kind of a side rant is pinching the tops off Jade so lots of
people in our community have questions about how to pinch Jade tops off so what
that means is a new set of leaves are growing in the Jade I’m actually going
to pinch that off just like that why do you do that
then in between the other leaves below where you pinched it will start to like
the Dahlia it will grow out from the nodes yeah so instead of growing tall
and lanky like this guy kind of is once you pinch the tops it will start to bush
out and grow more like laterally. Monstera you basically just take above a
node yeah This is a monstera clipping and you
monstera I root in water so I don’t I think it’s scary for people to be like
what’s a node so this is this stem that the plant was growing and then this sort
of like it looks almost like a joint two leaves are coming out I’m gonna flip it
around so you can see there would have been
like a little dot there like it looks like a little sometimes they’re
like little white dots and that’s where a node would be and by putting that in
water that’s where the new root system is
going to grow from. So, I’m gonna actually I’ll give you that back I’m gonna show
it on this because I think this is even clearer this is a prayer plant that I’ve
taken cuttings of so I cut it again this was a leaf node there were two leaves
here and there were little dots here I’ve had it in water
here’s another node and this is touched water and it’s actually rooting up here
as well so I don’t know if you can see that but that’s touched water and
it’s created a root and then on the other side of it it’s doing the same
thing so that’s what a leaf like a node looks like. It looks like a joint like
the knee, the knee of a plant. If that kind of makes sense, the node is the knee
that’s the way I look at it because people are like, “A leaf node, a leaf node.”
because like you could think that this is the leaf node because that’s where
the leaf is coming out but it’s the very base of it right and I’ve if you look
really closely I find a lot of times you’ll see like like little dots or like
little tiny roots starting here’s another one like you can kind of see
little dots like that’s where the roots would come from. Yeah, not all I find with
the prayer plants I can really see those I don’t know if you can see the dots
from the monstera but that’s what it means like below that node yes put them
in water and then it’ll root and then you can put it into soil yeah and you
can do an image search specifically “What does a monstera leaf node look like”
yeah and then the next step to that is just to try it
yeah because really how you learn how to do all of this stuff is just by doing it
so that’s yeah I love oxalis I had taken cuttings to do in like a low arrangement
that was very green and lots of different types of leafs and after about
a week I picked it up because I was doing weekly deliveries and I was
throwing everything out and all the oxalis still looked really good and then
a couple of them had rooted and like I hadn’t expected it so I thought
okay I didn’t recut them I put them directly into clean water I
left it about a month later it had routed into like make its own little
tuber like its own little, little house and a little tiny baby
we’re growing off of it and like that was completely by accident so I think
something that you said there’s really key is that you almost forgot about it
yeah so another part of having all of these houseplants is having a level of
don’t stress about them like let them be just natural and like forget about them
for a bit don’t if you are obsessing over one yellow leaf or something then
you’re going to become hyper too it’s it’s not fun anymore
now so just just take like they should just be for fun and like that’s gonna be
its root like that’s a new little tuber for this prayer plant that’s a root and
like I didn’t even notice I think two of them have it this little guy has one too
yeah like I didn’t even know it would grow I was propagating them and usually
I have them in soil before now but yeah like that’s creating its own new root
system so now these are its own individual plants all these three
cuttings were from the same plant in fact this is the second set of cuttings
I take it and for whatever reason this leaf this is how it grew like it looks
like something took a bite out of it I’m wondering if it got too hot or maybe
it’s just like a bad leaf but there’s nothing wrong with it there I’m not
gonna cut it off it’s just it’s just a weird guy but there’s nothing wrong with
it yeah just leave him alone for a bit okay what’s this this is just a
succulent leaf. So, this was also an experiment so a lot of people take
leaves off so leaf clippings so you take this leaf or we’ll just use this one for
example take this leaf you can either put it in water or sometimes they just
grow roots in the air or you lay them on top of soil so you know when the rosette
comes from the end of the leaf I thought well what would happen if I took the
leaf and I stuck it straight down yeah
instead of laying it flat and then that’s what grew. So,
instead of growing a rosette it was finding its way to get to the soil so it grew a stem like a long baby you could like start a whole new company
with like long stemmed succulents so I did two leaves the traditional way and I
did two leaves this way and I thought, “Oh I’m doing this wrong” yeah and no this is
how it grew and that is very close so I wonder if you cut those and then put
them what would happen they would probably root yeah if it’s rooting on
top of rooting on top of rooting. I know I think it’s so cool so, I’ve not had
a lot of success even with like rooting hormones cutting rooting hormone in soil
I find the best I’ve always gotten the best results from putting things
directly into water okay to let them root themselves yep and I even bought
like a rooting hormone for some like the prayer one or two of them worked so do
you put the rooting hormone right into the water yeah yeah no I would cut the
stem rooting hormone directly into soil okay
and I almost all of them did not take and so explaining a little bit what
rooting hormone is it’s basically it’s a jumpstart yeah to help the plants start
to create its own roots from a cutting it’s basically what it is I honestly
think the easiest way to start cuttings is in water yeah yeah that’s what I
would just suggest you do. And snakes I’ve actually never propagated a snake but I
have when I was telling Jaz at home I bought it and it’s like a bunny ear
snake so it’s only the two leaves and it had a tiny little spout and in about six
months that one leaf is double the height of the other two so I’m gonna cut
it yeah I’ll I’ll tape it just on my phone I’ll cut it and we’ll see what
happens yeah because I’ve never propagated a
snake but I understand it’s very easy it is so how you propagate a snake is you
can take one leaf and cut it yeah and stick it in soil or stick it in
water yes it starts to grow some roots you put it in soil yeah if you had it in
water I don’t always I don’t gravitate toward
propagating snake plants because I find them really slow yeah like your monstera
looks good this would be ready for for water I mean for soil like this is a
really like quite a big main root if it only had like one or two of these I
don’t think it would be ready yeah because then if those one or two little
spiky guy roots don’t get water or don’t take you’ve got a problem like and for
something like this I feel like that’s gonna be its life source it’s got a lot
of roots the roots are creating roots it’s ready whereas actually they’re all
pretty ready this guy is huge like this is actually tell me it looks like to me
yeah so it’s got a ton of roots and also this is a new stem oh yeah I just
noticed it right now success this is a new stem that starting to grow it’s
really it’s quite easy what I don’t know about and what I’m gonna do with one of
them is like that’s another node I’m going to now with this guy I’m gonna cut
this put this in water and put this in dirt and see if it grows. Good
experiment! It doesn’t have anything it’ll be all underground yeah dundundun!
I’m never finicky about water no I just use tap water like if I’m
drinking it I feel like it’s good enough for the plant I think so
I don’t even drink Brita I drink I drink out of the tap I’m a tap
water person, have been my whole life there are a few plants that do like
distilled water I know venus flytraps actually really only like distilled
water but this is my trick all I do is when I’m done using my watering can I
fill it up and I stick it under my sink or in its spot so then one for two
reasons one it’s ready when I need it and two it the water has sat for a couple
of nights and anything that
isn’t supposed to be in there has evaporated but I don’t do that. What’s in there that has evaporated out of your tap. This feels like
science class I don’t know the answer but I know that there’s something. Cameraperson: I would think that it makes it worse. There’s kind of a fine line if you leave it in there too long you
can collect some like yeast from the air and whatnot so I I
usually just fill it up if I’m because I have such a varied schedule I’m kind of
using my watering can a lot yeah so I just keep it full but yeah top waters
fill it from the top yeah and put it in the plan yes
sometimes I stick my plan I mean would you fill a cup of water put it under
your sink for a day and then drink that cup of water no so that’s why I I don’t
know okay also also more research on what evaporates yeah if you know a lot
about water in water sitting and watering cans we want to hear yeah
please tell us because like a science teacher out there possibly so also
though I read or I heard something the other day that I’m really curious about
somebody said plants respond to the temperature of water so another reason
why I let it sit sometimes is to let it get to root room to Hatcher okay but she
said in the winter they like warm water in the summer they like cool and I don’t
know if I believe in that I just am a straight believer of room-temperature
water I always just room temperature okay
sometimes if it’s like a really hot day all water with cold yeah but not like
cold well what comes out of my top first yeah
lukewarm or slightly cold never hot right. Thank you so much, thanks for
hosting! Thanks for hosting! I mean like this is your vegetable garden. oh yes we’re in my garden you’re welcome
for hosting. All the veggies, veggies. See you next time,
till next time.

2 thoughts on “ASK gardenstead 001 | How To Not Kill Your Houseplants – Watering, Propagating and much more

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