Anyone who owns an Efeutute (Epipremnum aureum) can easily multiply it. Because the propagation of the decorative foliage and houseplant is very easy to do with offshoots that are taken directly from the mother plant. The following article explains how easy it is to grow offshoots of an ivy.

Propagation – various possibilities

The ivy is one of the undemanding, easy-care and robust indoor plants. Often the tendrils are simply left hanging down in a hanging basket. However, it is a climbing plant that can even serve as a room divider with the help of an appropriate grid. The decorative plant can be propagated in two different ways. Both succeed easily and success can usually always be expected. In the following article, propagation by offshoots will be discussed in more detail and instructions will be given. In addition, there would be another possibility to propagate Epipremnum aureum via cuttings . Propagation via the offshoot also offers the following positive properties:

  • genetic replica of the mother plant
  • same robust characteristics as the mother plant
  • several young plants can be cultivated at the same time
  • propagation via offshoots also occurs in the wild

In fact, it is the case that in the wild, the ivy multiplies either via seeds from the flowers formed here or even by lowering. To do this, the plant lets the long shoots grow above the ground, the aerial roots grow firmly in the ground after a while and a new plant emerges. Therefore, growing Epipremnum aureum by lowering the aerial roots is also the most natural way of propagating this decorative plant.

Tip: The ivy is suitable for cultivation in soil as well as in so-called hydroponics. If it is planted in hydroponics, care is even easier and is particularly suitable for you as a hobby gardener if you have little time or travel often.

select branches

At the beginning of the instructions for propagation is the selection of the right offshoot. The plant should already be big enough and have formed long shoots. From these, one or more shoots are selected that have already developed aerial roots. Because these aerial roots are important for the propagation of offshoots. Under no circumstances should the selected shoots be cut off, they remain on the mother plant until the end of propagation. So the selected shoots should look like this:

  • healthy and strong
  • Aerial roots at the end of the shoots
  • is easier for propagation
  • no flowers

Even if the ivy plants as indoor plants are usually purely green plants, flowering can still occur with an older Epipremnum aureum. Particular attention should be paid to this when choosing the offshoot shoots.

Note: When choosing offshoots, you should always make sure that they are healthy and large plants. In this way you can increase the chances of successful propagation.

Appropriate time

Efeutute can be increased at any time, but it makes sense to choose a time when the days are longer and it is lighter overall. This way the offshoot gets more light and forms new leaves and roots faster. So the ideal time for growing new plants looks like this:

  • from March, when days become significantly longer
  • until midsummer
  • Better not to re-draw during the winter time
  • then plant wants to rest
  • Roots are hardly formed during this time
  • no new leaves either

Increase ivy – instructions

If the right time has been chosen and one or more ideal offshoots have been found, then propagation can be initiated by lowering. This should be done as follows:

  • Lower the aerial root of the selected shoot down
  • put into the substrate in the same pot
  • fix the root well in the substrate with wire
  • Root tip should be stuck down into the substrate
  • Water offshoots well
  • if new leaves appear, separate shoot from mother plant
  • put into a separate pot
Tip: You can also put the aerial roots in small, separate pots that you place next to the mother plant. This will make it easier later when you detach the shoot. You then do not have to immediately remove the new plant with the roots, but can first let them grow in the small pot before you repot them.

Further care

After multiplication, the ivy should be placed in a light location. The plant also needs a lot of space here so that it can spread sufficiently and grow quickly. In addition, there is the following further care:

  • Always keep substrate moist
  • However, avoid waterlogging
  • Spray the plant with water from above
  • supply with liquid fertilizer every two weeks
  • do not fertilize in winter
  • regularly dust leaves with a damp, soft cloth
Idea: Due to the low maintenance requirement, ivy is also the ideal green plant for an office. Here the plants can be used as room dividers between the desks.

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