posted on Mar, 1 2013 @ 11:05 PM
It's a neat trick, and most people don't know you can do this. There are likely a lot more plants you can do this with. You need either some good
part of a stalk or a leafy bit that's still alive. It needs to have a good amount of sap or living cells still producing chlorophyll. The trick to
making this a lot easier is to use stuff called "rooting compound". It contains a plant hormone that triggers root growth. If you happen to know
where there's a willow tree, one fairly safe way to make your own rooting compound is to mash the ends of willow branches with new growth into water
and let it sit. Put the leaf or stalk material in that water, and you should have some roots growing that you can plant into soil.
Also its a cheesy and cheap way to get various houseplants. (My mom used to do this at a florist or garden section of a store, picking off a few
leaves like she was pruning off the dying ones, but pocketing them instead of thowing them away. A bit uncouth and perhaps frowned upon if the florist
knew what she was doing.) Pick off a viable piece of a leaf or such, and you can pretty much clone that plant.