How to get two umbrella plants out of one

Straggly umbrella plant

I found out something recently that I would like to share with you. I had that scraggly umbrella plant that was nearly touching the ceiling. So, I cut off the top hoping that side shoots would evently appear to make it more bushy.

It seemed a shame to throw away the top of the plant so I cut a bit more of the stem so as to retain about 8 to 10 inches and removed a few leaves, enough so that I could stand my stem inside a jar of water. Then, I left it alone for a couple of weeks, adding more water as and when required.

Umbrella plant top in water container

I can now see three tiny little white roots growing at the lower end:

Growing roots from umbrella plant

In a few more weeks, the roots should be long enough for me to move my cutting into a proper pot with compost. Tip: if you don’t have any plant pots, use an empty yogurt or fresh cream container, having made a couple of holes to drain any excess water.

I now have (well, nearly have!) a brand new (and free!) umbrella plant.

This way of propagating might not work with other houseplants but you won’t know until you try. If it does not work, it will not have cost you anything but if it does, then great!