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Halloween Treat Bag propagation instructions 2022

One of the best things about growing plants is that you can make more plants from them! If you have landed here, you likely picked up one of our 2022 Halloween treat bags, which each have a really cool botanical adornment made from parts of various seasonal herbs, foliage plants, grasses, and ferns. Each arrangement includes at least two items that you can turn into new plants! 

Many of the treat bags include a section of variegated spider plant, which grows off of long arching stems called stolons. The cluster of leaves at the end of this stolon stem usually has some roots already forming at its base, and this can simply be potted into a small container with drainage. It is important to start with a pot that is only a few inches in diameter, as it will take a month or two for your new plant to develop enough roots to spread through the soil, as it establishes (later, once you see roots coming through the bottom, up-size to a 5" - 6" container. Use a standard organic potting mix, which can be pre-moistened before installing your young spider. Once ready, the small roots should be set so they touch the soil, just lightly nestled in, and the viny stem can be trimmed off at this point. 

Spider plants grow best in medium to bright indirect light. 

Another item included in the arrangments is either a section of Sedum Coppertone or a Sansevieria Cylindrica (cylindrical snake plant). Both of these are succulent plants, but each is propagated a little differently.

The sedum, which has coopery-yellow, plump leaves arranged in little clusters, has a short stem section at the base of the leaf cluster; this can be set into coarse potting mix in a small pot and allowed to root. An alternative is to separate each leaf from the stem and allow each piece to sit on the soil... and each one will start to grow and then develop into a new plant! Once rooted, the sedum grows best in a bright location and forms a dense, short plant. 

The snake plant pieces look like short, grey-green pointy stems and amazingly this single stem section will grow into a full new plant if set firmly into a coarse potting mix. Just be sure to plant with the pointy side facing upwards. If you really wanted to be a busy propagator, even this small stem of sansevieria could be cut into several sections and each set into the soil to grow... just mark which way is up as they cannot be successfully planted up-side-down!

Snake plants grow very well in medium to low light and over time will become very full in 6" - 8" pots. 

Halloween Treat Bag botanicals at Sage Garden

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