How To Propagate Goldenrod: A Step-By-Step Guide For Beginners


Goldenrod, a common wildflower found in fields and meadows, is known for its bright yellow flowers that bloom in the late summer and fall. While it may be easy to find goldenrod growing in the wild, many gardeners prefer to propagate this plant through cloning techniques like division or cuttings. In this blog post, we will explore the different methods of propagating goldenrod.

Propagation by Division

One of the most popular ways to propagate goldenrod is through division. This method involves removing a portion of an established plant and replanting it elsewhere. Here are the steps you need to follow:

Step 1: Choose a healthy parent plant and prepare your tools

Select a mature goldenrod plant from which you will take cuttings for propagation purposes. To avoid injuring your parent plants during cutting or pruning activities, make sure you have sharp scissors or gardening shears on hand.

Step 2: Prepare new planting holes

Before dividing your mature goldenrods into smaller portions ready for planting, it’s important to dig-holes large enough with good soil drainage where they can thrive once planted.

Step 3: Cut off sections from parent plants

Cut off small pieces of stem (about two inches long) with at least one leaf node attached using clean scissors or gardening shears.

Step 4: Plant divided sections as soon as possible

Once you’ve cut your desired section(s), immediately transplant them into individual pots filled with sterile potting soil mixtures, then cover lightly with clear plastic bags until roots start developing.

Propagation by Cuttings

Another popular way of propagating Goldenrods is through stem cuttings. However, unlike propagation by division which requires pruning larger plants down into smaller sections ready for transplanting, stem cutting entails removing only select stems from existing parents’ plants before placing them directly into rooting hormone solutions if necessary and then moving them straight away either indoors under controlled conditions (i.e., misting) or outdoors in a shaded area.

Step 1: Choose healthy parent plants and prepare your tools

Selecting the right plant is crucial when propagating any plant. Look for a mature Goldenrod plant that has healthy, non-diseased leaves and stems with no visible signs of pest infestation. Have sharp scissors, gardening shears, and rooting hormone solution on hand before cutting off foliage below the leaf node to promote root growth.

Step 2: Prepare planting pots

Fill your desired container with well-draining soil mixtures such as perlite or vermiculite mixed with sand to ensure proper drainage and air circulation.

Step 3: Cut off sections from parent plants

Cut small sections of about six inches long stem cuttings from the parent plant using garden shears just below where the two leaves meet at their base (known as nodes). These are best taken early in spring after new shoots emerge but may also be done during summer months, provided adequate moisture levels exist around them.

Step 4: Dip cutting ends into rooting hormone solutions if necessary

Dip cuttings’ ends into rooting hormone solutions like clonex gel before placing them directly into pre-prepared potting containers filled with soil mixtures rich in essential minerals required for the successful propagation of goldenrods.


In conclusion, propagating goldenrods can be an exciting way to create more plants while enhancing their features across different gardens through cloning techniques like division or cuttings. By following these simple steps outlined above, you can successfully propagate Goldenrod flowers anywhere you want!