Step by step guide of angel vine propagation. I’m sharing how to propagate angel vine in water which is one of the easiest ways for your maidenhair vine cuttings to develop roots.
Angel vine makes a great addition to your home
One of my favorite indoor plants is the Angel hair vine. When I first saw them, I was immediately charmed by their personality and soft, curly foliage. They look like a cross between a fern and a creeper, perfectly resembling something you see outdoors. They just looks very special!
Angel Vine (Muehlenbeckia complexa) is a great indoor plant to decorate your home. This plant is known for its whispery, whimsical look that adds a soft, elegant touch to any home decor. It is also called maidenhair vine, or angel hair vine.
It is a fast-growing vine that can tolerate low light and is not prone to disease or pest infestations, making it ideal for any home. With its cascading leaves and delicate tendrils, angel vine is an excellent choice for adding a touch of beauty and grace to any interior style.
Why propagate angel hair vine?
Propagating your angel vine plant to make more plant babies is an excellent way to get more of this charming plant without breaking the bank. In this post, I’ll share my tried and true method to propagate angel vine… shh with water!
Knowing how to propagate angel vines in water will make your own space more beautiful and inviting. This is one of the most remarkable abilities that indoor plants create. Angel vine propagation is also relatively simple and cheaper than buying from the store.
Ready to propagate maidenhair vine? Let’s get started.
Angel vine propagation video
Here’s a video walk through I made on propagating angel vine / maidenhair vine.
How to propagate angel in water in 5 simple steps
I prefer water propagation when propagating angel vine. This is because it is simpler than soil propagation, and it is easier to track the progress of the new roots. I find that it is also great for avoiding the situation where you forget to water the soil.
With water propagation, you can easily identify when new roots have developed. This makes it a great choice for anyone looking to propagate angel vine but lack propagation experience.
The materials are pretty easy to prepare: all you need is the plant, water, potting soil, a planter and a shar and clean pruner.
Step 1: Find healthy angel vine cuttings for propagation
To start with, you need to find some long stem that is healthy and you want to cut them into sections around 4 to 6 inches long. Use a clean pruner(I used a pair of scissors and wiped with alcohol before the cutting) cut the stem just below a node.
Sometimes it takes a bit of unwinding to find the best stems to get cuttings. I usually prefer long and healthy stems. This way I can get several angel vine cuttings for propagation from one single stem.
You’ll notice some parts of the angel vine are woodier and other parts are greener. I like to choose semi-woody cuts, this is just from my experience of propagating my backyard plants.
Angel hair vines are very vigorous so it is good to give them a haircut every now and then. I mostly look for things that are a little too long compared to the rest of the plant. A lot of times you’ll see the stems branch out, and that’s a good time to cut off a side branch.
Step 2: Process the angel vine cuttings for propagation
It’s now time to process the cuttings. Sometimes you’ll see some bits that are dried and dying, and it is encouraged to trim off the not-so-good part before propagating them.
You’ll want to cut right below a node which is where the leaves grow. For any portion that goes below water for the angel vine propagation, you’ll want to remove the leaves, so it won’t cause bacteria to grow.
I like to trim off a bit of extra leaves so I got a longer stem to submerge under water.
Step 3: Place cuttings in water
At this point you should have trimmed your angel vine plant and gotten a bunch of healthy cuttings. The next step is to fill a small glass jar with water and pop the angel vine cuttings in water.
Now it is done, and make sure to change your water every few days to keep the water fresh.
Step 4: The waiting game for your cuttings to root
Now all the hard work is done and it is the waiting game.
It can take about 4-8 weeks for your angel vine cuttings to develop any visible root. You just want to keep changing water every few days until it develops good roots.
I take them out when the cuttings have roots that are about 1 inch long.
Step 5: Potting the rooted cuttings
Here comes the last step in our angel vine propagation.
Now I wanna show you how to pot them up. Here are the cuttings from my water propagation about a couple months ago.
You can see they have developed some really healthy roots. If your angel vines are about 1in, that’s the time you can start potting them to complete our maidenhair vine propagation.
Here I’m using this little cup which has a little hole on the bottom, so I can put it into the planter. I added soil to the pot and added a little bit of water so the soil is moist enough.
Then I use a scissor or any tool on hand to make a hole. Stick in angel hair vine roots and some part of the stem on the soil, and press down so there are no big air pockets. Also be very careful around the roots, and do everything gently.
Now it is completed, I just pop the potted angel vine cutting it into a pretty planter. If your cuttings are very long, you might want to wind them around the planter a little bit, because it looks more fluffy.
Angel vine / maidenhair vine care
Angel vine is not difficult to care for in my experience, compared to some other plants(like Begonia). The key is to not let the soil dry out for a long period. I had several small incidents where the leaves of my angel hair vine crisp up after soil dried out. I then soaked it in water for a day and it recovered. So don’t make the same mistake as me.
Angel vine grows in a variety of soil types, and can tolerate a range of light conditions. Because they grow fast, fertilizer is not very necessary, although a slow-release fertilizer can be beneficial. Pruning is also not necessary, but if desired, it can be pruned back to encourage denser growth. If the angel vine becomes leggy, it can be cut back to a few inches above the ground, which will encourage new growth.
If you are interested in learning more on caring for your angel hair vine, here’s a good guide on this.
How to propagate maidenhair vine summary
Knowing how to propagate your maide hair vine is very useful if you want to avoid spending more money on new plants.
By the way, in my experience, angel hair vine has a lower propagation success rate compared to some other house plants such as Ficus or Philadelphia(which is almost like 100%).
From my own observation, the success rate is about 40%. So I would encourage you to get as many cuttings as possible so that you can have a fuller plant in a while from now.
I also added a few more propagated angel vine into this planter and this is what my plant looks like after a year.
I hope you found this tutorial on how to propagate angel vine useful. When I started propagating them, there were no tutorials to be found, so I figured out this method myself with a little experience propagating my roses and other plants.
This is the best method that works for me. If you have any tips or methods on how to propagate maidenhair vine, please share in the comment!