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Propagating Chocolate Soldier Plant

Ask the Expert: How do you propagate a chocolate soldier plant? I have tried water. Dolores

Flower Shop Network Plant Expert:

Chocolate Soldier is the common name for Episcia cupreata. It can be propagated in the following ways:

1. From Seed
2. By Division
3. By Rooting Stem Cuttings
4. Layering

My favorite form of propagation is rooting stem cuttings. To propagate stem cuttings you will need:

1. Sharpe Knife
2. Rooting Hormone
3. Peat Based soil

I like tip cuttings the best. Find a nice side shoot and from the top of the shoot go down about 3″. Cut the plant at an angle and dip into the rooting hormone. Immediately stick the cutting in the soil. Keep the soil moist. In a few weeks the plant should start to form roots. Once the plant has formed roots, you will take care of it the same way you took care of the parent plant.


  1. Thank you just got a plant and was wondering how to get starts.

  2. how to I propagate Sansevierias? I know about dividing, but can the stem be rooted?

  3. I have never successfully propagate sanserveria by stem or by root, but it can be done.

  4. I have rooted chocolate soldier cuttings in water and have been very successful. This summer I put my plant on our deck where it got bright indirect light and lots of humidity, it never looked better!

  5. I have a chocolate soldier plant and it bloomed in the summer ,it was beautiful but am wondering do Ipot it in a bigger pot or does it like to be root bound…

  6. When the roots of the plant fill the pot, it is time to repot it. So I would leave it in the existing pot until that time.

  7. Barbara J Gordon says:

    I have a Chocolate Soldier plant already, but I went on vacation and my neighbor over watered it. I would like to have a new one, but this one does have like an above the dirt root and am wondering if I just let it go on it’s own is there any chance some might start growing from there? I have propagated it for friends with no problem, but now…I just have one stem or growing left…. :-(

  8. Jamie Woods says:

    Hi Barbara,
    Give the plant time to recover. Try to keep the conditions consistent. Chocolate solider needs to have a visual dryness between watering. Use tepid water when you do water them and try not to get the leaves wet. Keep them in partial sun or shade (an east, west, or northern exposure). A little direct sunlight is beneficial; try to avoid hot noonday sun. They need warm temperatures above 65 degrees. Hopefully the plant will make a full recovery, and then you can try to propagate it!

  9. I have a chocolate SOLDIER plant just trying to get it started my put it in a pot with a little sandydirt it not doing good what can I do to get it living

  10. Jamie Woods says:

    Make sure it is getting bright, indirect light and has a humid environment. If you have just planted it, it might take it a little time to adjust to its new environment. Chocolate Soldier also like temps above 65 and you should let the soil dry slightly between waterings.

  11. I had to order a new one and the guy said he won’t send it til he knows it won’t freeze along the way. When I told him I was going to Florida he said he would then wait until I got home, the end of March, before he sends it. How nice is that…! I sure want one again. This time I won’t go offering cuttings to all my friends like I did before, Maybe I just weakened it. Oh well, at least I know I’ll have one again.

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