Plant Cloning Science Experiment

Nurture a love of plants and botany with this simple plant experiment.

By Olivia French




  1. Take a few 4- to 6-inch cuttings (coleus, spider plants, and pothos vines work especially well).
  2. Remove the leaves from the cutting’s lower half; put the stems in a glass of water and place them in indirect light.
  3. Change the water every other day, and watch for roots. Talk about plant reproduction: Cuttings are a way to create new plants, which are clones (or exact genetic copies) of the original. Plants also reproduce sexually via their seeds.
  4. Once roots appear, wait 10 days and then transfer the cutting to a pot with soil. Water immediately.
  5. Let your child keep the new plant in his room—they'll love helping it thrive.

Source: Dorothy Munn and Rebecca Krans, Extension Educators, Michigan State University Extension

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