Yeah. Yeah, I'm that person but with plants.
|If I run out of dirt and starter pots maybe I'll stop. Maybe.|
To determine whether a plant could potentially be cloned I look for the following things:
Segmented stems: Segments mean that a stem comes in sections. These sections can usually sprout either leaves or roots depending on whether the segment is above or below the soil.
|Angel Wing begonia with segmented stems|
|Wandering Jew plant, with a new leaf bud growing from a stem segment|
|Basil plant with root buds on stem|
Pups or suckers: Plants such as aloes, hen-and-chick plants, spider plants, and iris grow tiny versions of themselves when they get big enough. These mini-me's can then be separated from the main plant and planted to form an entirely new plant! I've done this with several aloes and with spider plants but have only observed others doing it with other plants. Succulents (plants that grow well in dry conditions) work because their leaves store energy well, allowing time for the roots to grow. It appears to also work with plants that have rhizomes- energy storing roots which sprout tiny plant pups along the length of the root.
|Baby aloe that came off of a big aloe!|
Sometimes plants surprise me with their cloning abilities. I should probably have guessed that Portulaca plants would clone well because they are a type of succulent. However, I was very surprised to find out that not only does it root well from a cutting, it will actually flower while still forming roots!
|Literally planted this yesterday, not blooming. |
This plant is crazy.
|Portulacas winning at life.|