When starting a new plant from a leaf or stem cutting, the cutting will be more likely to form roots and create a new plant if a rooting hormone is used.While commercial rooting hormone can be used there areorganic homemade versions that work as well.To make rooting hormone soak the yellow-tipped shoots of aweeping willow tree in water. A tea made from the bark of awillow tree is also effective. When using the shoots or bark soak them for 24 hours prior to using.Some people have found that using honey makes an effectiverooting hormone as well.Leaf cuttings: Any plant with leaves such as African Violet, Geranium etc. can be propagated with leaf cuttings.Using a sharp knife cut off a healthy leaf at the point where it joins the stem. Insert the cut part, called apetiole, China Stamping Machine into the rooting hormone. Place the end into a small container of light potting soil in which you have madea small hole with a pencil. Making a hole prior to plantingassures that the rooting hormone will not be brushed off thecutting when you plant it. Perlite, Vermiculite, and\/orwater-soaked Sphagnum moss can be added to potting soil tomake the soil light. Make sure the leaf is leaning slightlyso that the new plants will have plenty of light and not beshaded by the leaf.Stem cuttings: These are treated just like leaf cuttingsexcept you cut off a stem with several leaves instead ofjust one leaf. Remove the bottom leaves, leaving a few atthe top. Proceed as with the leaf cutting.In both instances cover the pot with a plastic bag orinverted glass jar. This will keep moisture fromevaporating and keep the cutting from wilting. Keep in awarm location with diffused light but out of directsunlight. When there is indications of growth after about 3to 6 weeks, transplant the new emerging plant into a new potof potting soil. Continue to keep a humid environment forabout 2 more weeks until active growth begins.