>>Joe (Narrating):
In 2010, I made a video showing my overgrown houseplant. This is what it looked like at that time. I moved it to a new location in my house,
and about a year later it began to bend as it continued to grow. I knew I couldn’t wait much longer, so I finally cut it back. This is the video showing how I did that,
and what eventually happened to the plant and its cuttings. I cut the stem into several pieces for transplanting
in case the original plant died. [saw cutting…] One of the stems would go into a separate pot, the rest of them would go into water to see
which method would work best. [saw cutting…] I would end up leaving about a foot of stem on the original plant.>>Joe:
Okay, here’s the pot that I’m gonna put,
the uh, cuttings from the plant in. And I’m first gonna put some rocks in there. [rocks tumbling…] Okay, now I gotta cut some landscape fabric. [knife cutting…] And I’m gonna put the landscape fabric right in there. Now I’m just gonna pour this potting mix in here.>>Joe (Narrating):
I used rooting hormone on the bottom of the stem before planting. It’s very important to remember
which side is the bottom of the stem. Once the leaves are removed it’s easy to plant it upside-down, [leaves crunching…] in which case it would never grow.>>Joe:
One thing I noticed when I’m pealing off the leaves are the nodes. I finally can see them. here’s one… here’s one… here’s one… So I can see where it’s gonna grow from, hopefully. Okay, now I’m gonna make a nice little hole, and just put him in there. I might need some more dirt. And then I’ll water it. [plastic crumpling sounds…] I’m gettin’ dirt all over the place, and I have NO IDEA why I decided to do this in my kitchen! For those of you who wanna do the same thing,
try a different spot… you’ll have to clean up afterwards, you know? Alright, let’s put some water in. [water trickling…] There we go. Okay, it’s all watered,
and ready to become a plant, hopefully. Now, as you can see, I’ve done this mistake before. I put a plastic plate underneath it so
when the water came out, it didn’t overflow. But anyway, so hopefully these, uh, nodes, on the side, of the plant will turn into leaves.>>Joe (Narrating):
I took the remaining stem cuttings and put them in water. I used a big vase and some landscaping stretch-tie tape
to suspend the stems in the water. I put rooting hormone on these stems also,
but I don’t know if it matters because the water dissolved it. I included the very top of the stem
with some of its leaves still on. In the end, I had 4 pieces of stem in the water,
and one stem in the pot.>>Joe:
Okay, it’s a little less than 3 weeks after I cut the plant. And, you can just barely make out some little “nubs” growin’! I see some green on there! I was really kinda’ worried that I’d killed it
’cause there was absolutely no growth whatsoever. But, uh, it looks like it’s gonna survive.>>Joe (Narrating):
Once I saw the original stem of the plant growing back, I started to take a picture of it every day for 85 days, and this is the time lapse video
that I created from those pictures. It’s pretty interesting to see it growing so quickly
but it took a long time. Overall, from the day I cut the plant back to the end of the time lapse video was 105 days. Eventually,
all of the cuttings from the main stem grew roots and leaves. I ended up putting 3 of the cuttings back into the main pot, and this is how it turned out. It’s a much healthier and manageable plant now. Even the stem that I put into its own pot turned out great. So, in the end it turned out okay for my overgrown houseplant. I got a few extra plants out of it, and uh, it was a lot of fun. So, thanks for watching.