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What plants can I sever and plant?

Asked by Anatelostaxus (1428points) October 28th, 2011

Of course, I know that Cacti are perhaps the supreme survivors to being cut off and planted.
Yesterday I picked of a segment of a Rhipsalis I found pending sadly and neglected in some public area.
When I do this the thought is to let them grow elsewhere, with more care and love.
It has always worked.
The idea has perpetuated into an interest: all the plants I’ve done this with, even attempting to splice some of them, lived prosperously thereafter in my green area. I therefore tend to suspect that a great deal of the plants I come across can be cut off from their original body and planted elsewhere.
With what plants is this NOT possible? And with which is it in all cases?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Depending on the plant a little, you can do it with all of them. If they’re tough to propogate you can always try air layering.

gailcalled's avatar

You are, I believe (there is some really odd English usage in your Q) talking about propagation.

It varies from plant to plant.

Here is the way to propagate your Rhipsalis (it is unclear what you are working with; a cutting; a plant with roots; a piece that was ripped off the original?)

It sounds as though it is an easy cactus to propagate; if you can’t, then there is always next time.

You do your research plant by plant; there is no definitive list of plants from which you can’t generate a new plant.


Plants you can root easily from cuttings? Try jade plant (Crassula), Coleus plant, Spider plant, Swedish Ivy——all root easily in water from cuttings. An exotic, cacti-like plant that is easy to propagate from cuttings too is Epiphyllum “Queen of the Night”. You just have to take a cutting, let it dry for a day or two, then pluck the cut end in moist soil. The plant has huge, fragrant orchid like white pinkish flowers that open up at night.

I find plants with a woody stem, like Hibiscus and Norfolk Island Pine, are impossible to root from cuttings, unless you do it under special laboratory conditions.

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birdland33's avatar

Indoor or outdoor?

Hosta can be split virtually every year and return just as full as previous.
Mint and daylily also, but they will take over if not careful.

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