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Garden Tips

Multiply the bobble head - how it works by division & cuttings


The bobbed head is a houseplant that is ideal for beginners due to its ease of care. It is also very easy to multiply. There are two options for this.

Bobbies (Soleirolia soleirolii) feel comfortable on many window sills, are often given away and are often cultivated outdoors. The plants are also very easy to care for and typical beginner plants.

So what could be more obvious than to multiply his bobbed head so that soon more plants can be used for pretty decoration ideas and decorative arrangements.

How to multiply the bobbed head

The propagation is easy to carry out and can be done by dividing existing plants or by extracting cuttings. There are a few things to consider, which we will explain in detail below.

Multiplication options in detail

Multiplication by division

The division is the fastest and easiest form of multiplication. A great advantage is that you get a well-developed plant immediately and you don't have to spend time on it. A prerequisite for propagation by division is the presence of a sufficiently developed mother plant.

" Tip: Transplanting in early spring is an ideal time to divide the plant.

In order to be able to divide the plant, the baby's head must first be removed from the planter. Care must be taken here, since bobbed heads have a fine network of roots. So that the root ball can be seen well, the earth must be shaken off. Now the plant can be divided. Several sections can also be created. It depends on how big the original plant is. So that the separated pieces grow well, there should be sufficient roots on each section.

The mother plant tapered by the division is now put back into the planter. The small sections are given separate planters and are treated like the mother plant.

" Tip: Until the young plants have grown well, they need a lot of moisture.

Which soil should be used?

The demands on the floor are not particularly high. Conventional garden soil can be used. Sand or gravel should be added to the substrate so that the liquid can drain off easily and that there is no waterlogging. The bobbed head gets a slightly acidic bottom. Adding compost or peat is also an advantage.

Propagation by cuttings

Headbones can also be propagated by cuttings. If, for example, the mother plant begins to ail, cuttings can be cut on the healthy parts of the plant to grow new plants and to dispose of the unsightly mother plant.

When should cuttings be cut?

The best time to get cuttings is spring or summer. When transplanting in spring, plant parts that have grown too long can be removed and used as cuttings.

How to proceed with the propagation of cuttings?

Cuttings are only cut on healthy parts of plants. There should also be enough leaves on the cutting. If the plant was too dark, it quickly develops long, almost leafless shoots. These should be discarded after pruning and not used as a cutting. A planter is filled with substrate. The soil can easily reach the edge of the bowl or the plant pot, because the cuttings are not planted in the conventional sense, but only placed on the substrate and then lightly pressed on with your hands.

What happens to the planter?

So that the cuttings grow optimally, the planter is placed in a coaster. The cuttings need a lot of moisture, but must not be watered from above. This would damage the delicate leaves and the cuttings would rot. The planter is placed as warm as possible, but not in full sun. The growth is accelerated when a microclimate is created. This is achieved by covering the planter with a plastic bag or a glass.

" Watch out: The cover should be ventilated daily if possible so that mold does not develop.

When do the cuttings take root?

With optimal conditions and an ambient temperature of around 23 degrees, the first roots become visible after eight to ten days. The water bowl can now be removed. The young plants are still watered from below. Fertilization is not necessary in the first year of standing. The necessary nutrients are contained in commercially available potting soil.

What should be considered when caring for the young plants?

The young plants need a bright and warm location. Direct sunlight should be avoided. The leaves are particularly sensitive in young plants. Likewise, the delicate leaves must not come into contact with moisture. The bob head may only be poured from below. Excess irrigation water must be removed from the coaster after about a quarter of an hour. The head should be watered daily. Fertilization is not necessary for young plants.

" Tip: A place near the heater or directly at the warm flower window should be avoided.