Propagating Torenia (Wishbone Flower) from Cuttings

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Summers can be so hard on flowering plants. Torenia continues to bloom heartily, even in hot and humid summers. It is easy to propagate too. The technique of rooting in water is a simple propagation technique that ensures enough moisture gets to the stems, and lets one check the progress without digging!

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First, cleanly clip some cuttings. Cuttings at least 6 inches long are best. Remove the leaves that will be below the water line. Leaves submerged in the water will rot and pollute the water. If possible, have a node at the bottom of the stem. Roots usually come from nodes (spots from which branches or leaves grow) first. Some also remove flowers and buds; but torenia will root, even with buds.


Soon white roots will begin to grow.

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Once they have a good start on a root system, they can be planted in a pot of homemade compost or potting soil. Harden off the wishbone flower for a few days by keeping it watered and shaded, then plant. Other plants that can be propagated using this method include basil, oregano, coleus, sweet potato, and tomato.

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