What is a Peacock Plant?
The Peacock Plant, also known as the Cathedral Windows or Calathea makoyana, is an evergreen perennial native to Brazil. It has bright green leaves that are arranged in an upright rosette pattern and have deep purple undersides with pink veins running through them. The plant’s name comes from its resemblance to the feathers of a peacock bird, making it a popular choice for decoration in homes.
Why Should You Propagate Peacock Plants?
Propagating your own peackcock plants can be both fun and rewarding! Not only will you save money on buying additional plants, but you will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you created something out of nothing! Plus, propagating new plants helps keep your garden healthy by eliminating pests and disease-carrying insects that may have been brought over from other gardens or nurseries.
How to Propagate Peacock Plants
Propagating peackcock plants starts with selecting a healthy mother plant (the parent) which should be at least 6 months old with no signs of disease or damage. To propagate your peacock plant successfully follow these steps:
1. Cut off two sets of 3-4 leaf nodes at the base of one stem using sterilized pruning shears or scissors; this will become your cutting.
2. Dunk each cutting into a 5 cm container filled with water and let it sit overnight until roots form on each node/cutting (this could take up to 10 days).
3. Select soil medium suitable for succulents like potting mix blended with perlite & coarse sand; make sure it drains well yet holds moisture well enough for the young seedlings .
4 . Dig shallow holes around 8cm apart & place cuttings inside before lightly covering them up & packing soil down firmly around edges; water thoroughly afterward (but not too much!).
5 . Place pots in indirect sunlight & keep soil moist but not soggy – mist occasionally if needed ; once roots start developing then switch over to regular watering schedule for adult peacocks every few days depending on how dry conditions are outside / indoors .
6 . Once established transplant into larger containers where they can thrive happily! Enjoy watching their beautiful foliage decorate any room in house!
With some patience – propagation can bring rewards when it comes to growing more peacocks without having purchase additional saplings from stores or nurseries ! Make sure select quality parent material , maintain correct environmental conditions such as temperature, light exposure etc., provide adequate drainage so roots don’t rot away due excessive moisture retention – once all these factors taken care off success rate increases drastically !