Propagating Shrimp Plant: Step-By-Step Guide For Beginners


Shrimp plants (Justicia brandegeana) are a type of tropical flowering plant from the Acanthaceae family that is native to Mexico and Central America. It has been cultivated for its attractive foliage and delicate pink flower clusters. The shrimp plant gets its name due to the resemblance of its flowers to small pink shrimp. Propagating these plants is not difficult, as they have several methods of propagation available – each with their own advantages and disadvantages. In this post, we’ll go over the different ways you can propagate your shrimp plant so you can enjoy it even more!

Propagate by Division

The easiest way to propagate a shrimp plant is by division. This method involves dividing up an established root system into two or more clumps and planting them in separate pots or beds. To do this, carefully dig around the base of the existing plant until you find where the root system begins – then carefully use a spade or knife to divide it into two parts, making sure there are plenty of roots on both sides for successful growth. Once divided, replant each side in either potting soil or directly into your garden bed if you plan on growing outdoors. Water well after planting; keep moist but not soggy during active growth periods in summer months!

Propagate by Stem Cuttings

Another popular method used to propagate Shrimp Plants is stem cuttings: simply take a cutting from an existing stem about 4 inches long and remove all leaves except one at the top – leaving 2–3 leaf nodes intact near where cutting was taken from main stem will help promote new roots quicker when planted). Put cut end in some water (or damp spongy material) until it starts producing tiny white roots which should grow within 1-3 weeks depending upon environmental conditions – once rooted sufficiently transplant into soil mix made up primarily of organic matter such as composted manure & peat moss with some sand added for drainage purposes; water regularly & provide good air flow so that new stems can begin forming quickly! Be sure not to over-water newly transplanted cuttings otherwise they may rot out before having time enough time establish themselves properly!


These are just some methods you can use when propagating your Shrimp Plant – whichever method best suits your needs should work perfectly fine regardless as long as proper care and attention is given throughout process! Don’t be afraid experiment too – experimenting will give insight on how best approach works given particular environment/situation at hand which could lead better results than expected 🙂 Good luck everyone!