How to Propagate a Crown of Thorns Plant

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Propogation method

Step 1

Use a clean, sharp knife to take 3 or 4 inch tip cuttings from the parent plant. Choose longer branches for your cuttings so that your work will also serve to prune and shape the parent plan.

Step 2

Spray the cut end of the parent plant with cool water to stem the flow of latex from the cut.

Step 3

Spread the cuttings on paper towels and allow them to dry for about a day.

Step 4

Prepare pots for the new cuttings using a dampened mixture consisting of equal parts peat moss and sand or peat moss and perlite.

Step 5

Using your finger or a pencil, make holes about an inch and a half deep to accept the cuttings. This is to avoid removing rooting hormone from the cut ends when the plants are inserted in the pot.

Step 6

Dip the ends of the cuttings in rooting hormone, available at any garden supply store.

Step 7

Plant the cuttings in the prepared pots, tamping the mixture gently around the stems to remove any air pockets.

Step 8

Place the pots where they will get plenty of indirect light.

Step 9

Water every few days but only enough to keep the potting mixture slightly damp. The plants should take root in about 6 to 8 weeks.