You're a houseplant company - why are you cutting up plants?

Why are you selling "cuttings"? Why would someone want that? 

 

When my sister and houseplant newbie, Katherine (who in the past was definitely one of those houseplant serial killers we've talked about before), was learning about the houseplant world, she wanted to know why houseplant companies showed off so many cuttings of plants - what would you even do with that? 

You grow them!

Quality, rare houseplants can be surprisingly expensive (something we are trying to fight at Twig Plants!). So, a cheaper way to have access to that super expensive cool plant is to buy a cutting.

Philodendron Pink Princesses are a great example of this. Pink Princesses with lots of pink (because who wants a Pink Princess without pink?) can cost over $150 just for one plant! But a cutting can cost $45. That seems steep, but if you want in on this trendy, rare plant, it's much more affordable. And then you can also get another lovely cutting of the rare Hoya Heuschkeliana variegata for the cost of one Pink Princess!

                            Philodendron Pink Princess B Variegata     Philodendron Pink Princess Cutting
So, a cutting is a piece of a plant that you can start with. From that little cutting you can grow the whole plant! That process is called propagation. All that the cutting needs is a "node" and you are ready to propagate. What's a node? And how do you propagate? Find out in our upcoming posts! We will be doing a whole series all about propagation!
I can't wait to find out why I should send them though...
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