Pandan Propagation

I got an email asking about my Pandan (Pandanus Amaryllifolius) and if I propagate them & if so, how? I decided to check if the “mama” plant along the kitchen wall might have some matured babies.

Matured Pandan in zone 1 next to the kitchen door.

Mature Pandan in zone 1 next to the kitchen door.

Yes, there are some “babies” ready to be out on their own …

Mature Pandan "Babies" with firm aerial roots ready to be split from mama.

Mature Pandan “Babies” with firm aerial roots ready to be split from mama.

My way of Pandan Propagation

With a sharp clean knife, carefully cut off the most mature ones which have aerial roots that are thick and long, as these will soon be their semi-buried, supporting roots.

Freshly cut off from the parent plant

Freshly cut off from the parent plant

Then place these cut-off plants in water. It’s crucial that the water level be only partially covering its highest aerial root.  Do not soak the entire rooting area as this will lead to fast root rot since it’s a young plant adapting. Then add a little pinch of rooting hormone to the water.

Note:  If outdoors, keep it in the shade (as in the pic)
Change the water every 2-3 days to prevent mosquito breeding.

Young pandan with aerial roots semi-sitting in water.

Young pandan with aerial roots semi-sitting in water.

After 8-10 days, they can be potted in healthy potting soil with composted manure & watered with the water they’ve been soaked in. Do not expose them to direct sunlight till they are a few months old, and even then, preferably the morning sun.

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