How to Grow Plants from Cuttings

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Project Overview

Growing new plants from stem cuttings is an easy and satisfying way to spruce up your garden. Whether you choose a plant from a friend's garden or your own, here’s how you can propagate to grow more of it. Continue to Step-by-step instructions.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Choose Your Plant
2 Make Your Cutting
3 Strip it Down
4 Feed Your Cutting
5 Time to Plant
6 Give it a Drink
7 Time for the Greenhouse
8 Watch it Grow
  • Step 1. Choose Your Plant

    There are a number of good plants to grow from cuttings such as lavender, roses, geraniums, murrayas, grevilleas, fuchsias, geraniums, gardenias and succulents. Flowering plants are a good place to start.
  • Step 2. Make Your Cutting

    Use a sharp pair of secateurs to cut off a healthy looking stem with at least two sets of leaves. The length will vary depending on your plant but anything over 10cm is a good rule.
  • Step 3. Strip it Down

    Pick off any leaves at the bottom of your cutting and remove any flower buds. Then make another cut just below the node (where the bottom leaves were attached to the stem). Use your scalpel or knife to scrape down the side of the stem where the node is (this is where your cutting will form new roots).
  • Step 4. Feed Your Cutting

    Dip the end of your cutting into some water and then into a small amount of plant cutting gel or plant cutting powder and gently shake off the excess.
  • Step 5. Time to Plant

    Fill a pot with potting mix and use your pencil to create a small hole, around 2.5-5cm deep. Insert your cutting into the hole and gently press down on the soil to hold it in place. (If you've taken a number of cuttings you can put them all in the one pot.)
  • Step 6. Give it a Drink

    Softly spray your cutting with water. Then spray the wetting agent over it (this will help it retain moisture) Make sure you label the pot with the plant name and date.
  • Step 7. Time for the Greenhouse

    Place your pot either into your greenhouse or cover it with a plastic bag. Position your greenhouse or bagged pot in a light space out of direct sunlight and check it regularly to make sure the soil is still moist (lightly spray it with water if needed).
  • Step 8. Watch it Grow

    Usually new roots take about 6-8 weeks to form from cuttings. You can check the root growth by gently tugging on the stem to test the resistance or by easing one out if you've planted a few cuttings. Once the roots are formed you can transplant each cutting into individual pots and give them a spray with the wetting agent.

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