How to propagate: Clusia (Autograph tree)

The Clusia is a very easy indoor plant that will grow anywhere. In terms of looks, the Clusia harmonises very well with the Philodendron Atom.

We understand that you would like to propagate such a beautiful indoor plant as the Clusia. Good news! Taking cuttings from the Clusia is more than easy.


  • Clusia
  • Scissors or knife
  • Disinfectant
  • Glass, vase(s) or mug with water
  • Optional: cutting powder

Propagating a Clusia in 4 steps

Step 1: Disinfect

First clean the knife you might be using.

Keep the knife under hot water and clean them well. This prevents you from unnecessarily transferring bacteria during the propagation.

Do you happen to have disinfectant or pure alcohol? Disinfect the tools after using hot water. Let's get away with those bacteria and fungi!

Step 2: Take cuttings

Cut off a stem from the Clusia just above a leaf. Make sure the cutting is at least 10 cm, and has 3 leaves.

Do you happen to have cutting powder at home? Then you can apply the cutting powder to the ‘open wound’ of the cutting. Let the powder dry well!

Don’t have any cutting powder? No problem. You can also easily propagate without. Although the use of cutting powder can stimulate root growth. So it is an interesting option to consider.

Step 3: Cutting in water

Fill a vase or glass with water. Put the cutting(s) in the vase. Make sure the stem is touching the water, but avoid that a leave is touching the water too. Leaves that touch the water can cause rot.

If the leaf is in contact with water, all the energy of the cutting will go to rotting leaf. So make sure to remove any leaves that are touching the water.

Step 4: Taking care of the cutting

Change the water once a week. This way you keep the cutting healthy!

As soon as roots start growing you can plant the cutting in the soil. Roots will usually appear after 2-4 weeks. Make sure that the roots are at least 5 cm.

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