This is probably the simplest and easiest way to start cuttings.
We've had great results with roots appearing at the bottom of the bag in less than 25 days.
It also saves on soil and space.

Please do not try this during dormant months, inside the house, or when you can't place the bags outside in the sun. You will be disappointed and probably lose your cuttings. Do this method in April through June in Arizona for best results.

You’ll need:


Plastic bags – zip type are good thickness but cut off the zip part. For large cuttings 2 to 3 feet tall use the large zip freezer bag. For smaller cuttings use the smaller size.

Rubber bands – I’ve had success with rubber bands. They are cheap, always around the house, and close the bag nice and tight.

Fresh soil – purchase new, fresh soil to root cuttings. We use "Super Soil" brand in the red bag - Cactus Soil.

Scoop – to add soil (old sour cream container or something like that) - your hand will work too!

A large box or plastic tub for storage of cuttings.

Root hormone


1. Gather your cuttings together making sure they are cured and ready to root.

2. Dip the ends into rooting hormone. I use Homadin 2 (if you can find it) which is a little stronger than the store bought root hormone. It is made for harder, woody cuttings. But regular rooting hormone will do. If you just don’t have any rooting hormone around, don’t worry .. just start anyway.

3. Cut top off the side of the bag leaving on the zip part.

4. Place your bag upright on a table and place your cutting into one corner of the bag.

5. Fill with soil. Usually a few scoops is good for larger cuttings. Do not add water. The moisture from the fresh soil is plenty to root.

6. Pull the bag up and around the soil and cutting pushing out all the air and keeping the cutting in the corner of the bag.

7. Twist the bag tightly around the cutting and wrap with an elastic band until it is tightly secured.

8. Set in box or plastic tub.

9. Do not add water to soil, do not poke holes in bags, do not add fertilizer.

10. Set the finished bagged cuttings together in an area that gets sun and shade. They like to be together. They are quite sociable. The exposed cuttings can get sun. The bags will be protected in the box or plastic tub.

11. It is okay if while watering your cuttings get a little sprinkle. No water should get in the bags if they are tightly secured.

12. You will see moisture forming inside your bag. This is good. It comes from the soil and is the correct amount to start rooting.

13. Leave your cuttings alone for about 30 days. Then check the bottom of the bags for roots. They will appear as creamy white strands (like above photos). Leaves should be forming as well.

14. When you see a good amount of roots and leaves, you may transplant your newly rooted cuttings into a new pot and treat it like a rooted plant by watering and fertilizing.

15. "Unzip" the zip lock part of the bag and slide it gently into the pot. Having this opening will protect the roots from breaking and lets you into the bag easily.

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