Propagate New Plants from Cuttings

Garden Nut By Garden Nut, 21st Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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The easy and free creation of new plants for your garden can be as simple as a snip. Multiply existing plants to add to your landscape or to share with gardening friends.

Why Propagate from Cuttings?

Many houseplants, outdoor flowers, shrubs and even trees can best be propagated from cuttings. Starting new plants from cuttings has some advantages over growing from seed.

These include:
1. The new plant will be identical to the parent plant
2. Cuttings bypass the often-difficult, juvenile stage of growth
3. Cuttings can provide new plants more quickly


Asexual propagation, often called cloning, allows one to start new plants in a variety of methods. Hardwood, semi-hardwood, softwood and deciduous cuttings give the gardener an opportunity to reproduce older, declining plants or to have large supplies of favorite flowers..

How to Propagate

For instance, the popular Forsythia bush is best grown from semi-hardwood cuttings taken in spring. When new growth reaches a few inches, clip a stem below the third or fourth node. Treat the tip with rooting hormone and place in a pot of planting medium. Some like to root cuttings in vermiculite, other prefer the stability of potting soil.

Keep cuttings well watered during the first few weeks, until the plant exhibits new growth. In many cases, flowers appear the same season, but if not, look for a fantastic display next year.

More Plants to Try

Alternanthera, pussy willow, Rosemary and many other specimens exhibit robust growth when propagated in this manner. When active growth begins, clip the top buds back to encourage a fuller, bushier specimen.

New cuttings perform best when humidity is high. This may be accomplished by covering with plastic wrap or a dome for new plants, or by simple, frequent misting. Keep new cuttings out of direct sunlight and remove the cover when development is noted.

Gradually increase sunlight until the plant reaches its' optimum light requirements. Your new cutting may now be planted into a decorative container or your flowerbed.

So clip away, and enjoy a variety of new and healthy plants in the garden. Propagate cuttings from your annual pruning and enjoy double results from your labor. Perhaps your success will be great enough to share with friends and family.


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author avatar SuzAlicie
21st Jul 2010 (#)

What a great start! I'm following and will be looking for more helpful gardening articles.

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author avatar Garden Nut
22nd Jul 2010 (#)

Thanks, I will keep them coming!

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author avatar ecrivan
22nd Jul 2010 (#)

Good to read. I have been thinking about propagating herbal plants by taking cuttings, I wonder what the success rate is there.

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author avatar Garden Nut
22nd Jul 2010 (#)

I've had good success with Rosemary and lavender, certainly worth the attempt. Let me know how it works for you!

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author avatar Retired
29th Jul 2010 (#)

Very interesting

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