How to move plants (cuttings) from water to soil [Detailed Guide]

How to move plants (cuttings) from water to soil [Detailed Guide]

This article is especially for my friends wondering how to move cuttings from water to soil. The good news is that it is not super difficult to move plants (houseplants) from water to soil. Moving cuttings from water to soil is one of the steps for water propagation to soil; in the first part of the process, then we have to just keep an eye on our plants to make sure they are not shocked in the new environment.

In this article, we will be moving pothos from water to soil, a string of pearls, and the tradescantia. Your pothos cutting in soil (as well as those cuttings from the other plants) will help make your plant look more full, as it grows longer.

Propagation update

Propagation update

Okay, welcome to the propagation wall. What I’m gonna do is I’m gonna list to you the plants that I’m gonna be transplanting and I’m gonna update you on how the roots are growing.

So the first plant that we’re going to transplant is the golden pothos, and this plant is so cool because it actually grows the roots really fast. It has many roots already, so this one is ready to transplant into the soil. Hence, this is the first one that we’re going to be transplanting.

The second one is a string of pearls. Again, this one has less roots than the pothos, but still, the roots are really long now, so I think we could actually transplant it into the soil. And actually this one, I put into a root chute, which actually protects the pearls from touching the water, which I really recommend for this plant because you don’t want the pearls to touch the water because then you’re gonna get fungi.

And the third and last plant that we’re gonna be transplanting is a tradescantia, and I actually put it not so long ago in the water but it has many roots already, this plant actually grows really fast. So yeah, I’m pretty excited about transplanting this one too. It’s already growing so many leaves.

So let’s get to our table and start transplanting.

What we need to move plants from water to soil

What we need to move plants from water to soil

Okay, so now that we have our plants ready I’m gonna tell you exactly what we need to move plants from water to soil. Of course, our cuttings in the water first, the pots that you’re gonna move them to, so in my case, I’m actually moving them with their mother plant, so I have all of the pots right here.

Some all-purpose houseplant potting mix and I’m gonna add some perlite to the potting mix, just so the soil has good drainage and the roots can actually breathe. You can also add some pumice or orchid bark.

And our last material will be water. This is very important because remember our plants are being transferred from water to soil, so we want to keep the soil moist so our plants don’t live so much shock.

Okay, let’s get to transplanting and our first plant will be the pothos.

When to move water propagation to soil

When to move water propagation to soil

Okay, so now we have our pothos cuttings, I can tell you this plant is really easy to propagate because the roots grow really fast.

As pothos has many roots, and actually I check for two things when I’m transferring my pothos from water to soil: The first thing is the roots and the second thing is the leaves.

So let’s separate these cuttings so I can show you what I mean.

Okay, so now I have three cuttings on my table, and I’m gonna guide you on what I look for when I look at the roots. So we have many new roots coming out, which is good.

And as per the size of the roots, the one which is as long as our cutting, which is really good. So the long one is ready to be transferred to the soil in terms of roots.

The other one as well is very good, and it has a lot of root growth.

Now another factor that you can consider when transferring your plants from water to soil is the leaves. For example, cuttings that have very good root growth and also have new leaves. So that means that the plant is happy and very strong because it’s growing new leaves.

So I think these cuttings are ready to be transferred to the soil. Let’s move the plants from water to soil now.

Moving pothos from water to the soil

Transfer pothos from water to the soil

What I’m gonna do first is actually put some water in the soil so it’s a little bit moist.

Now I’m gonna make a hole, about my finger deep maybe. And we’re gonna add our first cutting over there, so we’re gonna be very careful with our roots and we can put some of our potting mixes to cover it well. And there it is, our first cutting. Now let’s make the other ones.

And there we have it my friend it’s really easy and also it’s really cool because now our pothos is more full.

As a matter of fact, I think that I’m gonna do some cuttings today, to keep propagating her because I can see that she’s getting longer, so I can actually get some cuttings and keep getting more of this beautiful plant.

But now let me show you how we transfer this string of pearls from water to soil.

Moving the string of pearls from water to the soil

Transfer the string of pearls from water to the soil

So what I’m going to do is I’m going to take the roots out of the water. So we have one, two and three.

Now we’re gonna make a hole, and then we’re gonna put it all the way down. And add some soil. Let’s add some water. And there we have it.

Hopefully, it’ll do a little better.

Now, let’s get to our Tradescantia cuttings.

Moving tradescantia from water to the soil

Transfer tradescantia

Okay, so we have our green Tradescantia. This plant grows really fast, so now we’re actually gonna put this one in the pot and this is actually gonna make her look fuller and it’s gonna look really nice.

So let’s just take it out of the decorative pot and we’re gonna do the same as with the pothos.

We’re gonna make a hole and put our cuttings. These ones are three cuttings. The roots are covered by the soil. And we’re gonna add some water and put it in our decorative pot. And there we have it, my friends.

We have our three plants transferred from water to soil.

It’s not so hard to transfer these plants to the soil from water, but now we have to keep an eye on them and see that they’re not being too shocked by the new environment.

Some cuttings may not make it and that’s okay. We are learning. What I recommend is that you always have extra cuttings just in case, so you don’t lose your plant.

Do you have any other tips to transfer your plants from water to soil? Make sure to comment below so we can all learn together.

I am Fenil Kalal. Professionally I have done Engineering in Information and Technology. Gardening is my passion/love/favorite hobby and I have 5+ years of experience in Gardening.

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