Leaf petiole cutting.

Propagation – Leaf Petiole Cuttings

This technique involves taking a whole leaf —plus its stalk —from the parent in order to produce a new plant.

Plants such as peperomia and saintpaulia can be propagated by taking a whole leaf and its stalk (petiole). Select an undamaged, fully opened leaf, remove it from the plant, and trim the petiole about 1 in. (2.5 cm) below the leaf. Insert it into moist pot ting soil at an angle to shed water from the leaf anti produce a straighter plantlet. Support a plastic cov­ering with canes so it does not touch the leaf.

  • Using a clean knife, remove the petiole at the base, then trim below the leaf.
  • Insert, the cut edge at an angle into moist, free-draining soil, and cover with plastic.
  • New plants will form at the base of the petiole. Separate and pot into fresh soil mix.