Cutting and re-growing an Aphelandra Zebra Plant

asiatic_lily82December 23, 2010

I read a recent post on how to get an Aphelandra to "leaf out," and the most helpful suggestion was to cut it down and re-grow the cuttings, making a new plant. I want to do this to my Zebra Plant, as it has become really tall and scraggly. What is the best way to do this? Should I use rooting hormone on the cut tips? Do I put the cuttings in water or sand? I've noticed many plants sprout roots when you cut them and put them in water, but this doesn't always work. Sometimes the plant just dies.

Any suggestions would be VERY appreciated! I don't want to kill this plant!

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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

I don't grow this, but was reading around online & if you do some searches, you'll find info & directions for propagation.

Whatever you do, pls. note this is the wrong time of year for it, best to do in Spring/Summer. While I know this about other plants, the sites I was browsing for you suggested the same, best to wait 'til Spring/Summer.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2010 at 3:23PM
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Thanks. I was really hoping to cut the thing down soon, but since it hates the cold, and I don't want to kill it, it'll just have to wait.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2011 at 12:53PM
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