- Take a few 4- to 6-inch cuttings (coleus, spider plants, and pothos vines work especially well).
- Remove the leaves from the cutting’s lower half; put the stems in a glass of water and place them in indirect light.
- 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.
- Once roots appear, wait 10 days and then transfer the cutting to a pot with soil. Water immediately.
- Let your child keep the new plant in his room—he’ll love helping it thrive.
Source: Dorothy Munn and Rebecca Krans, Extension Educators, Michigan State University Extension
Photo Credit: Aaron Dyer