Have you ever admired the beauty of Thuja, also known as Jhau, and wished to propagate it in your garden or indoor space? Well, you’re in luck! Propagating Thuja from cuttings is a straightforward process that anyone can master with a little know-how. Let’s dive into the steps to propagate Thuja successfully:

Step 1: Selecting the Cutting Begin by selecting a healthy Thuja plant from which to take your cutting. Choose a branch that is neither too young nor too old, ideally around 4-6 inches in length. Ensure the cutting has plenty of healthy foliage and no signs of disease or damage.

Step 2: Preparing the Cutting Using sharp, clean scissors or pruning shears, make a clean cut at a 45-degree angle just below a node (where the leaves emerge). Remove any excess foliage from the lower portion of the cutting to prevent it from rotting when placed in soil.

Step 3: Rooting Hormone (Optional) To encourage quicker root development, you can dip the cut end of the Thuja cutting into rooting hormone powder. While this step is optional, it can significantly increase the success rate of propagation.

Step 4: Planting the Cutting Fill a small pot with well-draining potting mix, such as a mixture of perlite and peat moss. Make a hole in the soil using a pencil or similar tool and gently insert the cut end of the Thuja cutting into the soil, ensuring it is stable and upright.

Step 5: Providing Optimal Conditions Place the potted cutting in a location with indirect sunlight, as direct sunlight may scorch the delicate foliage. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, watering whenever the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

Step 6: Patience and Care Be patient, as it may take several weeks for roots to develop and the cutting to establish itself. During this time, avoid disturbing the cutting and provide it with a stable environment free from drafts or temperature extremes.

Step 7: Transplanting Once the cutting has developed a healthy root system and shows signs of new growth, it’s ready to be transplanted into a larger pot or directly into the garden. Choose a location with well-draining soil and plenty of sunlight for optimal growth.

Step 8: Maintenance Continue to care for your propagated Thuja plant by watering it regularly, providing occasional fertilization during the growing season, and pruning as needed to maintain its shape and size.

With these simple steps, you can successfully propagate Thuja (Jhau) from cuttings and enjoy the beauty of this versatile evergreen in your own garden or indoor space. Happy propagating!