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How to start a jasmine plant cutting in water

Updated February 21, 2017

Rooting jasmine plants in a clear glass jar filled with water allows you to watch the new roots form, a project that can be fun for children and plant lovers alike. In general, propagation success is lower in water than in a sterile soil mixture. Jasmine is one of the easier plants to root, making success more likely than with other shrubs and vines.

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  1. Fill a clear glass jar one-half to two-thirds full with clean water. The jar should hold at least 570 ml (1 pint).

  2. Cut a branch from a healthy vigorous jasmine plant in spring or early summer. Select green wood from the current season's growth.

  3. Cut the branch into a 15-cm (6-inch) section. Make the bottom cut at a 45-degree angle and the top cut straight across. Make the bottom cut just below a leaf node and the top cut just above a leaf node.

  4. Remove all but two to three leaves from the top of the cutting. Roll the bottom 5 cm (2 inches) of the cutting in hormone rooting gel.

  5. Place the cutting into the jar and put the jar in a sunny windowsill. Replace the water in the jar weekly with clean fresh water.

  6. Leave the cutting in the jar until it has developed a root system that extends at least 5 cm (2 inches) from the cutting.

  7. Tip

    Given the failure rate of this method of propagation, starting several cuttings will improve the chances of success.

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Things You'll Need

  • Pint jar
  • Pruning shears
  • Hormone rooting gel

About the Author

Eulalia Palomo has been a professional writer since 2009. Prior to taking up writing full time she has worked as a landscape artist and organic gardener. Palomo holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies from Boston University. She travels widely and has spent over six years living abroad.

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