Home Propagation of Houseplants
You can easily get more houseplants, either from your own plants or those of a friend, by taking cuttings, division, runners, or air layering. For information on how to do this successfully, look to Home Propagation of Houseplants. The site provides details on the different types of cuttings, containers, rooting materials, and care, plus the other types of propagation. There's also a chart for the best propagation techniques for over forty different houseplants. The University of Nebraska also offers a helpful guide on Propagating House Plants .
Once you've had success with several houseplants, plus experienced how much they bring a room to life, especially in winter, then you're likely to want to keep adding to your houseplant collection. Soon, you may find yourself wondering exactly how to care for the different ones. Author Barbara Pleasant provides practical, hands-on advice in The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual: Essential Know-How for Keeping (Not Killing) More than 160 Indoor Plants (Storey Publishing, 2005, $24.95). The book includes information on how to repot and propagate, as well as how to identify problems and then remedy them. Another excellent book on houseplants is Indoor Plants: The Essential Guide to Choosing and Caring for Houseplants by Jane Courtier (Chartwell Books, 2012, $14.99). For something a bit different, consider The Unexpected Houseplant: 220 Extraordinary Choices for Every Spot in Your Home by Tovah Martin (Timber Press, 2012, $22.95).