Q. My schefflera looks like it's dying and I'd like to propagate it. How do you root cuttings from it?
A. It's easy. Rooting a cutting usually involves potting it up and creating a tent to maintain humidity, but Ralph Davis, brand manager of HGTVPro.com, a sister website of HGTV.com, recently used an easier method that's perfect when you don't have much room to work. You'll need only some rooting hormone, a paper towel, plastic wrap or a sandwich baggie and a pair of clippers or pruners.
Ralph used this technique to propagate a schefflera that had been a housewarming gift. "Since there's some sentimental value attached to it, I'm quite gratified that I'll get to keep the plant going."
You can also root those leaflets you removed from the original cutting, and you can propagate other houseplants such as pothos, dieffenbachia and dracaena this way. Good luck!