Propagation by stem cutting

Propagation by stem cutting
Propagation by stem cutting, is a reliable way of reproducing some ornamental plants. Implementing stem cutting in most shrubs, is always beneficial, as rooting them is easy, especially Myrtles, elm and birches, these plants have high chances of being rooted through stem cutting. Some species of plants are not easy to root, tree species are notably difficult to root, so propagation by seed is a viable option.

The kind of care necessary for stem cutting, is not too demanding, you don't have to prepare a greenhouse, this is one benefit of stem cutting, but adequate measures must be put in place, to ensure that atmosphere surrounding the stem cutting is highly humid.

Humidity increases the propensity, of survival of plants propagated by stem cutting. The basic method implemented in stem cutting, depends on the number of propagation you desire to achieve, when the number is few, it can be easily achieved by using flowering pot.

Adequate care can be provided for the stem cutting when you use flower pots, providing enough humidity is easier, and this can be done by covering the plant with transparent cellophane.

Their are four basic types of stem cuttings, softwood, hardwood, semi-hardwood and herbaceous. The terms are based on the growth level of the stock, this is a major determinant, to know if stem cutting is the most appropriate method.

• The plant inherits the good qualities of the stock. • Easy way of propagation. • They cannot be easily attacked by birds. • A good number of plants survive by this method. • Several techniques are available to ensure survival.

• require a humid atmosphere for survival. • Lacks easy genetic variation.



Best for me

Numerous plant species are propagated by stem cuttings. Most can be taken throughout summer and fall, but stem cuttings of some woody plants root better if taken in the fall or in the dormant season. Success with herbaceous plants is generally enhanced when done in the spring; these plants are actively growing then, and more apt to root quickly on their own. There are several different types of stem cuttings depending on the part of the stem needed. At least one node (the point on a stem where leaves are attached and buds form) should be below the media surface. Although some plants root at internodes (the space between nodes), others only root at nodal tissue.
Posted by Authord on 08-30-2017

Propagation by stem cutting

Propagation by stem cutting, this is very useful and it takes less time for our plant to rise and get healthy and strong. The propagation from seed it takes much longer for our plant to grow and sometimes it may not grow at all!
Posted by wallet on 08-31-2017

Stem cutting

I'm not into gardening but if i have to i would rather do it by stem cutting. I have seen my mother and siblings in doing this one and i've seen how easy it is to do and witness how fast it can grow unlike using seeds which you have to wait a long time just to see a sprout. And your really lucky if you can make it grow and it won't die. :) i'm not that patient in gardening so i'll always choose the easy way. :)
Posted by zheh on 09-02-2017


Propagation by seed

Propagation by seed
Propagation by seed is a preferable method for most cereals and trees, they produce viable seeds, which can be easily planted. Seed propagation is dominant among other methods, owing to it's reliability, and encouragement of mass production. Mass production of crops is essential, in ensuring adequate supply of most farm produce. Mass crop production can be easily achieved by seed propagation, the seeds are mostly raised in nursery before transplant, this enable the farmer provide optimal care to the seedling.

Genetic variation can be easily achieved by seed propagation, the seeds can be treated special before planting, and each seed has its independence, so they germinate differently, you can easily select the ones with higher growth rate from the nursery.

Plants free from virus attacks, is essential in massive cultivation, plants with virus, can lead to wastage of resources and efforts. A good way to eliminate virus attacks, is by seed propagation, the seeds are carefully selected, and adequate treatment is rendered to the seeds, to ensure all cases of virus attacks is handled properly.

A good was to keep your plant viable over extensive duration, in through seeds. You can easily store them in a viable state, and plant them when you desire. Transportation is easier in seed propagation, you don't have to carry bulky parts of the stock plant, the seeds can be carried with great ease, to any location you desire. This is one of the most effective means of plant reproduction

• The most reliable means of propagation. • Supports massive production. • Genetic variations can be easily achieved. • Can be easily protected from virus attacks. • Easy transportation. • The seeds can be acquired at low cost.

• Maintaining superior quality of plants, is difficult due to genetic variations. • Reproduction of trees take more time, because you must wait for the stock to produce seeds.



Slow but Natural

I have found that this maybe the slowest possible system. But it seems like a good system nonetheless. So I'd definitely go for this. I can't say it'd be always better in many cases. But it seems like working for many people. So I'd say it should be tried for if possible.
Posted by overcast on 08-31-2017


I don't think there is an "ideal" method. I'll just say it's easier by stem cutting because you don't actually need to make the plant grow from cero as in the propagation by seed. Also with the stem you are seeing your work and by seed you need to wait at least a few weeks to be able to see the plant. Also with the seeds you nees to be aware of the bird because they can eat the seeds before you even realize it.
Posted by Pink_Turtle on 08-30-2017
I have grown plants through propagation by seed or stem cutting. Based on my experiece, when a plant is propogated through stem, it matures quickly. However, when you use seeds, it will take a ling time to mature. For example, if you grow a mango through a stem, the plant will bear fruits in three years, however, if you use a seed to grow a mango, it will take more than 10 years to bear fruits.
Posted by vinaya on 08-30-2017
I think the best way to do anything is the way a person feels most confident will be successful.
Posted by anna on 08-30-2017
There are no right nor wrong choice here, as long as you can do it with skills and precision I think the plants will grow just alright.
Posted by Vastor122 on 08-30-2017
With ornamental plants particularly the small variety, it is good to use cuttings for planting materials instead of using seeds. I don't remember planting seeds of ornamental plants in our garden. The seeds that we planted are fruits that grow to become trees. However, I know that there are ornamental plants that use seeds for planting.
Posted by Corzhens on 08-31-2017
gata montes
I honestly couldn't say one over the other - simply because - as both propagation methods are used for totally different reasons - it would very much depend on what I was wanting to grow and which method was best suited to giving favorable results.

For example - if wanting to grow vegetables, non woody fruits or annuals then seeds are very definitely the better option - however - if wanting to grow a woody plant or a tree - seeds would not be the best choice and certainly not the best method for fruit trees - due to not only the length of time it takes for them to reach maturity - but none of these species - rarely if ever come true to the mother plant - which is why - they are all generally propagated - either by grafting, layering or stem cutting rather than seed.

I would also just add - that although it is possible to grow some fruit trees from seed - I wouldn't recommend it - unless of course you are wanting to grow the tree for its ornamental value rather than its fruit - the reason being - that as very few varieties of fruit come true from seed - the results can be extremely disappointing - as more often than not you land up with a weak and diseased specimen - that may or may not resemble the mother plant - as well as one that rarely if ever bears any fruit and if it did - you'd probably wish it hadn't - as the fruit is highly unlikely to taste anything like you were expecting or for that matter anything that you would ever want to taste ever again.
Posted by gata montes on 08-31-2017
I think propagating by stem cutting is more economical and also in terms of preservation, it's more reliable. Stem cutting propagation is very easy compared to seedling. These seeds are easily attacked by pest, rodents and insects but stem is way to secure to use without much stress or worrying.
Posted by Heatman on 09-05-2017
rose thornes
I think it depends on what types of plants your trying to grow. Some plant are best when grow by seeds and others by stem cutting. Propagation by stem cutting works for me because I don't have the patience to grow from seed where insects and bugs always destroy them.
Posted by rose thornes on 09-07-2017
Both options are very good. But I confess that lately I have opting for seed plants. I have used the cotton technique to germinate the seeds and I have obtained good results.
Posted by hermessantos on 09-08-2017
I think there are different methods that are better for different plants. There are some plants I like to propagate by stems, such as mulberry trees and also some vegetables, but there are some plants I have to use seeds to grow. I think it's faster and easier to grow from the stems, but it's really nice to see a plant starts sprouting from a tiny seed. It's really an amazing process to watch.
Posted by kaka135 on 09-17-2017
I do More of propagation by seed, it cheaper and more like the most appropriate and natural way to doesn't really need an input of an expert anyone can use this method effectively and the yield would be great.The seeds get easily germinated and can he transplanted with ease.Most plants are propagated this way.
Posted by lovely on 11-09-2017
This reminds me of my husband’s friend who lives far from us. When my husband posted the photo of our strawberry garden, that friend messaged my husband asking for seeds so he could have strawberry shrubs in his own garden. But strawberry does not grow from seeds based on what we know. The so called “runner” is a stem that grow roots and that’s where the baby plant comes from.
Posted by Corzhens on 10-01-2018