Learn How To Propagate Plants From This Popular Online Class

updated Jul 16, 2020
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Between all of the new plants you can’t wait to bring home, gardening supplies, and your growing stash of adorable planters—the cost of being a plant lover can add up quickly. Enter plant propagation, the process of reproducing a plant. Plant propagation is a great way to add more plants to your home—without the strain on your wallet.

There are plenty of ways to do it, depending on the type of plant you’re working with. And luckily for beginners, Plant Doctor and renowned plant influencer Hilton Carter is now teaching his bestselling plant propagation workshop on Airbnb, “Propagating Plants with Hilton Carter.”

You might be thinking that the basics of plant propagation sound easy enough: Start with a cutting from your existing plants, place it in water, wait for it to sprout roots, and then pot it. But after many failed attempts myself and countless plant cutting casualties later, I can assure you that there is an art to it—one that I haven’t quite been able to figure out in my independent studies.

“Propagation teaches you so much about care, bonding, and patience when it comes to your plants,” Carter says on his Airbnb experience page. In fact, he credits plant propagation for the excitement of bringing plants into his home. The bond he’s referring to is what develops during the slow process of watching your plant babies grow from a small cutting into a full-sized plant over time. That’s why nurturing it from its early beginnings, compared to picking one up at a store, can be such a rewarding experience. 

Classes are $35 and 90 minutes long, held on Zoom. In it, Carter covers everything you need to know to start propagating your plants at home, including the basic steps of propagation, the best ways to cut your plants, choosing the right vessels for propagation, and how often to refresh the water. There’s even time for Q&A at the end. These workshops sell out often, so save your spot in advance.