Most plants you might want to grow can be propagated free from cuttings. If
you bought the same plant, chances are it was produced from a cutting so why not
do it yourself and save heaps of money. This is how easy it is to do....
- Take cuttings from the tips of non-flowering stems.
- Make the cutting about 10cm long, cutting just below a set of leaves.
- Strip the lower leaves and cut remaining leaves in half crosswise.
- Dip the cut end into hormone rooting powder or gel. You donít have to do
this but it helps.
- Place the cuttings in pots or punnets full of moist seed raising mix.
- Cover with clear or translucent plastic held away from the cuttings.
- Keep moist and when you see new growth the cuttings have taken root.
- Gently dig up each rooted cutting and pot into its own small pot.
- Grow them on until big enough to transplant into the garden.
For a more detailed, illustrated guide to taking soft-tip cuttings, get a
copy of the May 2005 edition of Gardens & Outdoor
Living magazine from newsagents or supermarkets.