Never Throw Leaves of These 15 Plants! They’ll Grow!

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After reading this article, you will Never Throw Leaves of These Plants! Because they grow from leaves 😁🍂.

Before you consider discarding those seemingly unimportant leaves from your plants, pause for a moment and check out this list from top to bottom. They can grow into a new plant!

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Never Throw Leaves of These Plants

1. African Violet

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Botanical Name: Saintpaulia ionantha

You can make more of this flowering houseplant as many as you want, by growing it from leaves! Pick a fresh leaf from a healthy plant with a little stem attached and plant it in a light soil mix.

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2. Jade Plant

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Botanical Name: Crassula ovata

Just cut a few leaves and let them dry for a day or two. Lay them on top of the soil, and you’ll see them grow in a few months. It’s that simple!

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3. Bunny Ear Cactus

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Botanical Name: Opuntia microdasys

Cut a pad or ear from the main plant. Let it dry and heal for a few days until a callus forms. Plant it in a cactus mix, with the cut side facing down.

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4. Rex Begonia

Leaves of These Plants

Botanical Name: Begonia rex

Instead of throwing away rex begonia leaf, you can use it to propagate new plants! Read the directions here.

5. Snake Plant

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Botanical Name: Sansevieria trifasciata

You can make lots of new snake plants from leaves! Put the leaves in soil or water, and they’ll grow easily. Find out how to do it here.

6. Peperomia

Never Toss These Plants' Leaves

Botanical Name: Peperomia

You can grow peperomia from a healthy leaf from the base, use the whole leaf, or cut it in two. Dip the edges in rooting hormone, and plant in a well-draining growing medium.

7. Kalanchoe

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Botanical Name: Kalanchoe blossfeldiana

Pick a healthy leaf and cut it with a little stem. Plant it in a pot with seed starting mix. Water it well and put it where the leaf gets bright but not direct sunlight.

8. ZZ Plant

Don't ever discard these plants' leaves.

Botanical Name: Zamioculcas zamiifolia

Just cut a few thick and healthy leaves and put them in soil, with the cut part about 1/2 to 3/4 inch deep. It takes some time, but it’s that simple!

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9. Fishbone Cactus

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Botanical Name: Epiphyllum anguliger

You can grow a Fishbone Cactus from a leaf/pad. Use a clean knife to cut a pad from the main plant. Let it heal and form a callus. Plant the pad about an inch deep in a pot.

10. Heartleaf Hoya

Don't ever discard these plants' leaves.

Botanical Name: Hoya kerrii

While you can’t grow a whole plant from a leaf, you can keep a single leaf in a pot, and it actually looks quite charming!

11. Chinese Money Plant

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Botanical Name: Pilea peperomioides

To boost the chances of growing more plants, take about 1 inch of the stem with the leaves and plant it in the soil. Find out more about growing the Chinese money plant here!

12. Zebra Cactus

Never Toss These Plants' Leaves in anywhere

Botanical Name: Haworthia

This lovely succulent has a circle of plump green leaves with patterns. You can grow more by taking a healthy one from the stem and putting it on soil that drains well.

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13. Streptocarpus

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It belongs to the Gesneriaceae family, which includes African violets, so propagating it is almost the same. It is easy, and it is fun!

14. Graptopetalum

Never Toss These Plants' Leaves

All you have to do is plant a healthy leaf from its rosette and plant it in a growing medium. It is so simple even a newbie gardener can do it!

15. Echeveria

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You should never throw the leaves of these plants, ever! Just a tray filled with well-draining mix and a few leaves after they are calloused is all you need!

Step-by-Step Guide to Growing Plants from Leaf Cuttings

1. Selecting the Leaf

Choose a healthy and non-damaged leaf from the mother plant. Ensure it is free from pests, diseases, and damage.

2. Preparing

Cut or twist the leaf from the plant using a clean, sharp knife or scissors. You can cut the leaves into sections for some plants like Sansevieria or Begonia. Each section should contain at least one vein.

3. Choosing the Right Medium

Use a well-draining potting mix suitable for cuttings. Some plants, like succulents, root well in sandy soil that provides excellent drainage.

4. Planting the Leaf

Insert the cut end of the leaf or leaf section into the soil. For some plants, you can simply lay the leaf on top of the soil, ensuring the cut side is in contact with the soil.

5. Creating the Right Environment

Place the pot in a warm location with bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, which can scorch the leaves.

6. Watering

Keep the soil lightly moist but not soggy. Make sure that you are not watering them daily.

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7. Waiting for Roots to Develop

Rooting can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months, depending on the plant type. Check for roots gently after a few weeks by lightly tugging on the leaf; resistance usually indicates root development.

8. Transplanting

Once the new plant has developed a good root system and shows new growth, you can transplant it into a larger pot or permanent location.

Specific Considerations for Different Plants

  • Succulents (like Echeveria and Sedum): These often root and grow easily from just laying the leaf on top of the soil. They need less frequent watering.
  • African Violets: These prefer a slightly more humid environment for leaf cuttings. You can root leaves in water before transferring them to the soil.
  • Snake Plant: Cut the leaves into horizontal sections and plant them upright in the soil.
  • Begonia: For Rex or tuberous varieties, leaf vein cuttings are effective. Cut the leaf into pieces, ensuring each piece has a main vein.

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Tips for Success

  • Sanitation: Always use clean and sterilized tools to prevent disease transmission.
  • Patience: Some plants take longer to root and grow from cuttings. Patience is key.
  • Observation: Regularly check for signs of root growth, rot, or drying out.

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