Kids will divide and conquer houseplants in this easy science project. No need to buy new ones! Kids will be all green thumbs after this one.
What You'll Need:
- Houseplants (such as African violet, begonia, or geranium)
- Small bottle
- Flower pots
- Potting soil
- Perlite or vermiculite (optional)
How to Divide and Conquer Houseplants:
Step 1: Take a knife and cut a section of a houseplant stem with five or six leaves on it. Trim away any flowers and cut off the bottom three leaves.
Step 2: Fill a small bottle with water and place the stem of the cutting into the water. The remaining leaves will hold the cutting in place. Put the bottle near a sunny window but not in direct sunlight. Add water to the bottle as needed to keep the stem in water.
Step 3: After a few weeks the cutting should have long roots and be ready for planting. Fill a small flower pot with potting soil up to about 1/2 inch from the top. Dig a hole large enough for the roots. Lower the cutting in and carefully cover the roots.
Step 4: You can also start cuttings in vermiculite or perlite, which are heat-expanded rocks. You can buy them at a garden store. Fill a small jar with vermiculite or perlite and add water.
Step 5: Take a cutting as described above. Poke a hole in the vermiculite or perlite and lower the cutting into it. Allow roots to grow for three weeks, adding water as needed. After the roots have grown, pot up in potting soil.
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