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8 of the Best Plants to Propagate: Propagating Plants from Cuttings

Looking for the best plants to propagate? There are a lot of plants that are very easy to propagate from cuttings…even if you don’t have much of any experience with plants at all!

Plant propagation time! I’ve been churning out plant propagation guide posts for a few months now. I love propagating plants and love helping others learn how to do it! It’s pretty easy…but it’s easier for some plants compared to others.

So today I’m sharing 8 of the easiest plants to propagate and including links to detailed guides on how to do it. Enjoy!

Best Plants to Propagate

1. How to Propagate Pothos Plants

Pothos plants are an incredibly easy option to help you get your feet wet with propagation. That’s because pothos plants grow incredibly well in the right conditions, and they are very patient plants.

The best way to propagate pothos plants is by rooting it in water. I suggest grabbed a clear jar or container and sticking a few stems in it. Also check out my full guide on how to care for pothos plants.


Best Plants to Propagate: pothos plants
pothos plant rooting in water
Best Plants to Propagate: pothos plants
Best Plants to Propagate: pothos plants

2. How to Propagate a Snake Plants

Snake plants are another great plant to propagate. There are a few different ways to propagate snake plants. Rooting them in water is one of those ways—much like pothos plants. You can also grow them from cuttings or through dividing mature plants.

Snake plants also have rhizomes that help them spread and grow—you can propagate them using rhizomes, too. To learn more about rhizomes and caring for snake plants (it’s super easy!), check out my full snake plant care guide.

Best Plants to Propagate: snake plant
snake plant rhizome
snake plant cuttings in soil
Best Plants to Propagate: snake plant

3. Propagating Peperomia Plants

Peperomia is another really beautiful plant that’s easy to propagate. My peperomia propagation guide is focused on varieties of ripple peperomia, which is pictured below. This cute little compact plant makes a great desktop plant.

Peperomia can be propagated a few different ways: in water or in soil. Like most plants that can be propagated in water, I prefer water propagation. I love to see the roots develop. When they’re in water, you can also see new tiny leaves sprout from the roots in the water. You can check out my full peperomia plant care guide as well!

Best Plants to Propagate: peperomia
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peperomia plant care
peperomia cutting
how to propagate peperomia

4. How to Propagate Succulents From Leaves & Cuttings

Propagating succulents is a bit more challenging than propagating pothos plants, snake plants, and peperomia plants, but they aren’t exactly hard. I have a long, super detailed guide about how to propagate succulents from leaves and cuttings.

This method applies to a ton of different types of succulents. Many of the types you’d probably encounter in your local nurseries. If you’ve got your succulents inside, you can also check out my guide for taking care of succulents indoors.

propagating succulents from leaves and cuttings
Best Plants to Propagate: succulents
Succulent sprouting new growth in wet soil
Best Plants to Propagate: succulents

5. How to Propagate Monstera Deliciosa Plants

This is the newest plant I’ve started to propagate, and it has been easier than I thought it’d be. There are a few different ways to do it, but I’m enjoying propagating it in water.

There are a few different things you need to keep in mind when taking a cutting from a monstera plant, so check out my full guide about how to propagate monstera. You can also have a look at my monstera care guide.

Best Plants to Propagate: monstera deliciosa
Best Plants to Propagate: monstera deliciosa
monstera cutting rooting in water
Best Plants to Propagate: monstera deliciosa

6. Propagating String of Pearls

While this plant is technically a succulent, propagating string of pearls is a different process than the leaved succulents I talk about in my succulent propagation guide. It can be done in water or directly in soil.

This plant grows like a weed in the right conditions, so rooting it is a really fast and easy process. This plant also tends to reroot itself in it’s existing pot if you lay a string across the soil—a great way to create a fuller plant and decrease its length without trimming it! Check out my full string of pearls plant guide for more.

Best Plants to Propagate: string of pearls
string of pearls rooting in soil
string of pearls rooting in water
Best Plants to Propagate: string of pearls

7. How to Propagate Rubber Plants

Rubber plants are beautiful and sometimes need pruning to keep their shape. Propagating a rubber plant from a cutting is a great way to grow another rubber plant without your cuttings going to waste! Check out my full guide about how to care for rubber plants.

Beautiful rubber plant
Best Plants to Propagate: rubber plants
Best Plants to Propagate: rubber plants
Best Plants to Propagate: rubber plants

8. Propagating Prickly Pear Cactus Pads

Last on the list is a bit of an unconventional choice, but I’ve really enjoyed propagating prickly pear cactus pads, so I have to share it. I bought my original cactus pads off of Etsy and have a whole post about them.

All but one made it, and they’re spread around my house and yard. They grow pretty nicely indoors, and the pads are big and beautiful. But taking them outdoors for the summer? They’ve gone crazy! Check out my prickly pear cactus care guide with some more pics from the original pads here.

Best Plants to Propagate: Prickly pear cactus pads
Prickly Pear Cactus Pads
Best Plants to Propagate: Prickly pear cactus pads

For more planter ideas, check out this roundup of my favorite DIY planters and my dedicated propagation station! You can also check out my post on DIY succulent soil.

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