Plant Clippings in Mason Jars Make for Great Starters


Growing up, we always had a ton of plants in our house.  They were all over and when they’d start to get to big my mom would clip them and start new plants out of them.  As a child, I never understood how she did it, but it wasn’t long until I was doing it myself.  Taking plant clippings is an easy way to restart new plants and grow your indoor garden.

Have you ever gone to someone’s home and seen plant clippings sitting in a jar or any container with water in it?  This is how you start the roots of clipping to get the plant ready for planting into the soil. Now, not all plants need to be started this way; there are some that you can stick directly into the soil, and they will root themselves.

Plant Clippings in Mason Jars Make for Great StartersPlant clippings

What you need for this project

  • Plants
  • Mason jars or other containers
  • Scissors
  • Water

Instructions for this project

  1. First thing is first; you need to decide if your plant is ready to be clipped to make starter plants.  Just because the plant is getting full and super long doesn’t mean it needs to be cut back. However, depending on how you like your plants this is your judgment.  For me, I clip the plants when they start getting too long and start to get into the reach of Xavier or the cats.
  2. Deciding where to cut. This is easy, you want to cut at the point of how short you want the plant to be, and then you clip just under the leaf that is at that length. The plant will continue to grow where you’ve cut it.
  3. Depending on the plant and the container you are putting the clipping into you may need to remove some of the leaves from just below where you clipped the plant.  You do not want any leaves going into the container as they will get soggy and turn the water nasty.
  4. Once your clippings are in the container, you can then add water.  You want to have enough water in the container for some clippings in there; the plants will be living in the water until they are ready to be planted.  Make sure the container always has fresh water in it, you may need to dump the water once a week or so and place fresh water in it.
  5. The clippings will be ready to be planted into the soil once a good amount of roots sprouting from them. Remember, if you have more than one clipping in the container, you will mostly likely plant them all together unless there is a lot, but be very careful when separating them because the roots are fragile and will break.

Plant Clippings in Mason Jars Make for Great Starters

I was going to wait to publish this post until after the roots started to grow to show you exactly how the plant clippings start to look, but depending on the plant it could take a few weeks to start rooting.

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One Comment

  1. Janet W.

    February 18, 2014 at 6:59 am

    I’ve never tried to do this before but it’s a great idea! My grandson likes to help me when it comes to plants, so I think he would enjoy helping me with this!


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