My friend has offered starts of her Swedish ivy plant which I admire. I have never started indoor plants from cuttings. Could you give me some suggestions on how to do this?
Swedish ivy (Plectranthus) and most trailing indoor plants are very easy to start from cuttings. Other easy to start trailing indoor plants include devil’s ivy (Scindapsus), spiderwort (Zebrina), philodendron, English ivy and spider plant (Chlorophytum).
I like to start these trailing plants in 6-inch pots so they quickly develop into a significant size plant. Fill a 6-inch pot loosely with potting soil clear to the rim. After watering, the soil will sink just enough to leave a half inch of space.
Any piece of stem will develop roots. However, the end pieces continue growing from the tip and develop faster. Cut pieces of stem with four or five leaves. Cut just above a leaf so you do not leave stubs. Trim the cuttings just below the bottom leaf. Remove the two bottom leaves and stick the cuttings into the soil up to the third leaf. Roots will form at the two nodes where the leaves were attached. Spider plants have plantlets at the nodes. Roots will develop directly from these plantlets. I usually stick about 10 cuttings into a 6-inch pot.
All of these plants root readily without rooting hormone. However, they will root even quicker if dipped in rooting hormone powder before sticking them in the pot. Cover the two bottom nodes where leaves were removed with hormone.