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How to: take cuttings

When you have an hour, take cuttings of favourite plants. 

Softwood or semi-hardwood cuttings will grow readily while the weather is warm. 

Take cuttings in the early morning. Remove most of the leaves, leaving just a few at the top. Dip cuttings in a rooting hormone powder or gel, and place into a mix of sharp sand and potting mix, or use seed raising mix. Six cuttings can be placed into a 150mm pot. Place the pot in a sheltered spot, out of direct sunlight, and ensure it doesn’t dry out. A plastic cover over the top will help keep in the moisture. The cuttings will develop roots in about six week and can then be moved into the garden or a larger pot.


Grevillea cuttings. Photo - Andrew Lehmann


Text: Libby Cameron

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Author: Libby Cameron