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Garden plants: How To Propagate Plant Cuttings

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What’s the best way for us to increase our Garden Stock

We all know how much fun it can be to visit a local garden nursery or garden center. They are always packed to the hilt with plants of all descriptions. From colorful annuals, biennials, perennials, through to garden shrubs, you will find an incredible array of new plants available to plant in your garden

Maybe you’re  just started on your gardening journey and are finding it a bit expensive to develop your plot this way. There is an alternative.

How To Propagate Plant Cuttings.

I have grown many new plants over the years from cuttings ,seeds, divisions or bulbs. Maybe you’re fortunate, like I was, and you have heaps of gardening friends or relatives that are happy for you to harvest cuttings from there garden, or gather seed from there beautiful annuals. They might even let you divide some of their plants and give you any spare bulbs they have available.

I will be writing a series of articles discussing the four main types of propagation available, these are the ones that I mentioned above, seed ,cuttings, divisions and bulbs. There are other ways that you can multiply your plant stock, such as cloning, but they are far more difficult for the beginner gardener, or for that matter experienced gardeners to undertake.

I will also be mentioning some easy to grow plants that are readily grown from cuttings.

Part 1: Growing Plants From Cuttings.

There are four main types of cuttings you can take and it depends on the growth habits and the variety of the plant, along with the time of year, on which one you should try. These are Hardwood cuttings, Semi Hardwood cuttings, softwood cuttings and semi soft wood cuttings. As this blog is mainly aimed at the beginner gardener we will only be looking at the two main types, hardwood and soft wood.

What Gardening Tools and Equipment will I Need.

1). A sharp pair of secateurs.

2). A Sharp garden knife.

3). 140mm Plastic pots.

4). Rubber Bands.

5). Some Newspaper.

6). Maybe a bucket the carry the material in.

7). Access to a work bench.

8). Gloves.

9). A Good quality cutting mix.

10). 400mm long (16inch) thin sticks or something similiar.

11) Tie wire or string.

10). Honey or a rooting hormone powder.

The secateurs and knife should be cleaned in a strong bleach mix. I like to leave them in a 20 the 1 mix for at least ten minutes. This should hopefully kill off any adverse pathogens that might affect the healthy growth of you will plants.

 

A). Hard wood cuttings.

Winter is an ideal time to start taking your hardwood cuttings. These cuttings are mostly taken from deciduous plants that lose their leaves at this time of year. Because the plants are dormant during winter, the cuttings are less likely to dry out. The mere fact that they are dormant means that they will have enough energy in their stems to help them survive for up to six months.

Shrubs and climbers are far more likely to be grown using this method then trees, as trees will need to be able to develop a much stronger root system. Hence, trees are mostly grown from seed or grafting onto a specific root stock.

How Do I take Cuttings:

For most varieties of plants you will need to take cuttings that are about 5 the 8 inches in length (100 the 185mm), while the plant is completely dormant and without any leaves.

Take the top cut just above a node, this is a bud that eventually develops into new leaves. The bottom cut should be done just below a node. Make sure that you keep the cuttings you will have taken the right way up, maybe mark the bottom ends with a permanent pen. If you plant these cuttings the wrong way they won’t survive.

It will depend on how many plants you are after as to how many cuttings you will take. I would take twice as many as you  think will be necessary. This way you can allow for any loses.

Hopefully you will have purchased some seed and cutting medium from your local garden center. This mixture should be of good quality, airy, and made from components such as river sand, peat or coir and perlite. I will be completing an article on making your own mixes some time in the future, but for now it would be simpler just to purchase a bag of top quality mix.

Find an old plastic pot, a 140mm squat pot would be ideal but you can really use any size available that you might have laying around. Fill the pot with the potting mix you purchased and, using a thin pencil or stick, push some holes into the soil.

I like to dip my cuttings into some honey. Honey is known to have anti bacterial properties that not only slow down any potential rot but can actually enhance root growth. If you’re not convinced this will work you can purchase a rooting powder from any gardening center.

Place your cuttings gently into the holes you will have made and, again gently, squeeze the soil around each stem. Don’t over crowd the container, I would limit it to about a dozen cuttings per pot. You can then water the them in thoroughly and place them either in a hothouse or greenhouse.

What if I don’t have a Hot House?

In many areas of the world it is totally unnecessary to have a hothouse. In these places it’s more common the see greenhouses utilized. However, not everyone can afford a hothouse or greenhouse, so what can you do?

There’s a very simple trick that I have always used and has been very successful for me.

Find three straight thin sticks, bamboo or thick wire and one plastic bag, the transparent thin ones that are used in shopping centers are ideal, if you can still get them. what ever you choose to use it should be about 16 inches (400mms) in length. Carefully place them evenly spaced (in a triangular fashion) on the edge of the inside of the pot.

Make sure you push them completely to the bottom of the pot. Then pull them to the center and tie together with string. place the bag over the sticks and around the pot. Put a thick, strong elastic (rubber) band around the bag on the pot. Place the pot or pots in a dry safe area where they will get plenty of light but not to much direct sunshine.

You will now be able the check the pot every few weeks to make sure that there is enough moisture happening. After your initial watering you probably won’t have to add any more until the plants are shooting leaves. However, it’s best to check and not let them dry out.

Once the leaves start to shoot, remove the bag and also remove any dead cuttings. Leave the cuttings another month or so, then you can carefully dig one out and check if it has roots.

You Now Have Plenty of New Plants.

When the plants show signs of roots you can move them into individual pots. These can then be planted out after about 2 months.

Some ideal Hardwood plants For Propagating Material Are:

1. Hydrangeas.

2. Blueberry.

3. Rose of Sharon.

4. Viburnum

5. Deutzia

6. Abelia

7. Buddleia. These gorgeous plants come in many colors. >>>>

8. Azalea

9. Rhododendron

10.Camellia

There are many, many more plants available that you can use for hardwood cuttings , but I listed the above as an example of ones that aren’t that difficult.

 

B). Soft wood cuttings.

It is best to take these cuttings during spring and early summer in most regions. However, because I live in a sub tropical climate, I have had lots of success from those I have taken all year round. Soft wood cuttings are best taken early in the morning , this way you can prevent water loss in the stems.

Cut off approximately 10 cms(4 inches) from the tip of the shoots on the plant or tree you will are using. These cuttings can wilt fairly quickly so I like to remove the majority of the leaves on the stem and only leave one or two at the tip. Even those leaves, if they are fairly large, should be cut in half. I find it is easier to do this on a work bench using a sharp knife.

Place the leaf carefully on the bench and cut across it removing half to three quarters of the material. The bigger the leaf the more you can remove.

When taking these cuttings you should place each one on a damp piece of newspaper or in a plastic zip lock bag and place in the shade while you complete cutting the remainder.

Soft wood cuttings usually take about three the four weeks to develop roots and are normally ready to transplant after about five weeks. These cuttings can then be replanted into individual pots, much the same as hardwood ones, or planted straight out into the garden. If you have taken the cuttings late in the season I would leave them in the container until the next spring.

Every other step to take with this style of cutting is the same as for the hardwood ones.

Some ideal Softwood Plants the Use Are:

1). Asters.

2). Clematis.

3). Dahlias.

4). Lavender.

5). Rosemary. This is a very easy plant to grow fro tip cuttings. >>

6). Perennial Basil.

7). Buddleia.

8). Salvia.

9). Viburnum.

10). Penstemon.

So There You Have It:

Hopefully I have given you enough information to start you of on the wonderful world of plant propagation. Why not give it a go. You will be amazed at the feelings of excitement and accomplishment you can receive from growing your own plants for the garden. You may even grow enough to give to friends or neighbors.

In this article I have only just touched on the topic of propagation. There are many other ways to grow plants, I will be looking at some of these in future blogs.

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Happy Gardening. Jim

Should you will want more information on taking cuttings to develop new plants, please just ask. You can leave a comment in the box below or on our “Contact Us” page at the top of the website.

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Kulk

56 Comments

  1. This is like the perfect article for me. I’ve always wanted to have a beautiful garden at home but no matter what, it seems like I cant keep any plant alive for more than a week. I think its a course lol 🙂 But seriously this is such a great resource article. Everything I need and maybe I should start again and see if I can keep one this time. Thanks for sharing. I love this.

    • Hi Andrea. I’m glad you enjoyed my article. Have you read my blog on green thumb gardening? With experience and a bit of training anyone can become a good gardener. Happy Gardening. Jim

  2. Awesome tutorial! Thank you for including some tips and ideas for those of us without a green house. I don’t have much to offer at my home in the world of plants to propagate, but my mom has incredible gardens and I can use these tips to help grow my own. Thanks so much! As fall starts to take over the air and seasonal depression starts to set it (*sigh*), it’s so happy to read about plants and flowers. 

  3. I had no idea that the best way to take cutting from a plant was when it was in a dormant state – is this just for hard wood cuttings or soft wood as well?

    I don’t have a green house or a ‘hot house’ as you mention here, but I’m interested in the DIY greenhouse you have mentioned that fits around the plant pot. I’ve read your instructions and I’m trying to visualize it – once the bag is pulled tighter across the three sticks (and underneath the pot) would it resemble a triangular tent look?

    Also, how do you know if there is enough moisture inside the tent formation?

    • Hi Chris. It’s only the hardwood cuttings that work well in dormancy, and are normally taken just before winter. Softwood cuttings are usually taken from spring growth, when the plant is actively growing. Yes, it would resemble a triangular tent. Jim

  4. Great article! I love plants. It is very relaxing to see a garden full of ornamental and flowering plants. I used to do our garden when I was young. I think I have a green thumb, Lol;) since I can grow plants easily than my wife. I find hardwood cuttings difficult to propagate that the soft one. Thank you for this guide on how to propagate these types of plants but I live in a tropical country. Can I apply these methods in this type of climate?

    • Hi Dan. You certainly can use these propagating methods in the tropics. You only have to make sure you are using plants that are suited to your enviroment. Jim

  5. This is a very detailed and informative article. I am gaining more knowledge as I read further down and I love this article.  I never know that cutting a plant can be very sensitive but now I know. I need the right tool though. Which online company has lower proce on the cutting tools?

    • Hi Circle. Just follow the links in my review section (under categories) and it will take you the best priced tools. All the best. Jim

  6. Gardening is not my hobby but my aunt loves it. The cutting tips seems helpful. I will share it to my aunt and let her try this out. I hope the plant cuttings can help the better growth for the plant. You have a list of tools which is helpful for you. I wish to buy the same ones to and give to my aunt as a gift. Do you have an all in one set for me to purchase it easily?

    • Hi Kit. I hope your Aunt enjoys my website. If you check out the categories section, on the right hand side of my webpage, you will see a review section. Click on any of the links supplied and it will take you to a section where you can choose whatever tool you would like. Happy Gardening. Jim

  7. This is great because I actually just started my garden at my house this fall.  I went and bought a few plants at the nursery, but I want to steal some hostas from my grandfather since he has a TON of them in all colours.  Do you think it would be ok to plant these hostas that I’m taking from him November 11 and planting outside already, or, keep them inside until the winter.  I live in just outside of Toronto, Canada?

    • Hi Nicki. Hosta’s certainly are beautiful plants, they come in so many different sizes and colors now. November the 11th might be leaving it a bit late in the year to transplant them. I’m not to familiar with the climatic conditions in your area, but I would presume the winter chill is on it’s way. It’s best to plant Hosta’s about 5 to 6 weeks before any frosts or icey weather sets in. Happy Gardening. Jim

  8. This is such a great article with a ton of excellent information.  I’ve attempted to start a garden several times in the past but never seem to get it off the ground.  I think I’ll have to try some of the tips that you mentioned… especially the one about using honey.  I would never have thought to do that, but you are right, honey has antibacterial properties that would help prevent rot. 

    • Hi Elizabeth. Thank you for reading my blog on cuttings. I’m glad you enjoyed it and I hope you try some of your own soon. Happy Gardening. Jim

  9. I must admit, I enjoy getting my fingers green in the summer time. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I also LOVE the smell of freshly cut grass when the sun’s shining! 🙂

    I also like visiting garden centres to see the variety of plants on display but it can be a costly game, especially if you go over the top with purchases.

    So kinda being bit of a gardening beginner, it would be great to save some money by learning to propagate plant cuttings. Plus in my opinion, it also seems like an awesome and fun way of growing plants and bringing the garden to life.

    I actually didn’t know about the various types of cuttings either, so thanks for your insights.

    However, as for the two types of cuttings you missed out to keep things simple for beginners, are those methods more difficult to do for plant growth?

    Thanks, Neil

    • Hi Neil. I’m glad you enjoyed my blog o cuttings. Growing your own plants is an enjoyable and fascinating hobby, one that I’m sure you will love. I will be writing more blogs on propagation in the not to distant future. One of those blogs will cover the other cuttings methods, so keep an eye open for them. In answer to your question, no they aren’t any more difficult, I simply wanted to give them a blog of their own. Happy gardening. Jim

  10. Jim,

    I am not a gardener but this article made me want to start!  I tend to kill plants inside so I haven’t had the courage to start gardening outside but I just bought my first house and would like to have a beautiful yard!  I know it will take time but with the tips in this article hopefully I can save a bit of money on buying some plants.  This was a great article!  Thanks!

    KARA

    • Hi Kara. Congratulations on buying your first property. I am sure you will soon become proficient at gardening once you’ve had a bit of practice. Why not check out my other articles on ‘Green Thumb Gardening’ and ‘Beginner gardening’ techniques. Happy gardening. Jim

  11. Hey Jim:

    Thank you very much for your timely post about propagating plants from cuttings.  I can transplant things like nobody’s business.  I can divide clumps and watch them take off.  I can mostly get the easier seeds to sprout okay.  I can even do air-layering that sometimes actually works.  Making cuttings defeats me.

    It seems to me, after reading this very clear post, that I am probably making the cuts wrong!  The light dawns.  Thank you!  

    • Hi Netta. It sounds like you have a great understanding of the different propagation methods available. If you practice the cutting methods I discussed in my blog, I’m sure you will master it in no time. Happy gardening. Jim

  12. These are good detailed instructions on how to grow plants from cuttings. Although I’d heard of growing plants from cuttings before, I thought that it was a lot more complicated and that the only feasible way to get plants was to either buy them already grown or to grow them from seed.

  13. I like the way you explained these main types of propagation, that as me, maybe more people didn’t know. What I like the most was the trick for those who don’t have a hot house or green house (the best of that idea it’s that is not expensive). I encourage people to read this article it can help a lot for you gardening.

    • Thank you Guillermo. Yes, the little trick with the plastic bag, pot and a few sticks, does make a great hothouse. It’s a method that I have used for many years now. Happy Gardening. Jim

  14. I am so happy I found your website. I have one small part in front of my house I am using as a garden. There are only roses there. I am not experienced in gardening but since i recently got hurt I wanted to inform myself better about the possiblities of safe gardening.

    I had one pair of cutters and one gloves that I also used for construction works. I am glad I got enough information from your post about hardwood cuttings. This will definitely help with my roses.

    Thank you so much.

    Strahinja

    • Thank you Strahinja. I’m glad you enjoyed my article on cuttings. I hope you return soon to check out further articles that I will be releasing on propagation. I was sorry to hear you were hurt recently. Was it an accident at work? All the best and happy gardening. Jim

  15. This ia very good post and it is necessary information for us since we moved to a house with a huge garden, which means a lot of plants and flowers.

    I’m not a gardener, so I’m always on the lookout for good info, like this one, I had no idea what to use when cutting plants and how to cut them, but this gives me a very good insight how to do things.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this, let the cutting begin!

  16. I remember my Mom used to love gardening and as she was a stay at home mother, she never had money to spend on plants, but this didn’t deter her as she would visit like minded friends and they would swap out clippings from their respective gardens.

    Reading this article reminded me of those times. Doing things this way does save a lot of money as plants that are grown are getting more and more expensive all the time. It’s a little extra work, but if you enjoy gardening, growing from clippings  isn’t a problem.

    • Your mother was a clever gardener. Its far better to obtain cuttings from friends and relatives the to purchase plants. Jim

  17. I have a starter garden that I have been trying to get to flourish. It is very difficult to fill the entire area I have since plants cost so darn much. I have started a few bulb plants that I hope will allow me to spread them out. How long does it usually take for a bulb plant such as Tulips or Dahlias to have more bulbs that you can then separate and plant elsewhere? Does it vary by plant or is there a standard average time? 

    I had not thought about using cuttings. I will have to ask around to find a few people that have some plants that I may cut from. Unfortunately for me I don’t know as many gardening friends. Are there any places that sell cuttings? Maybe a garden center or nursery?

    • Hi Maryann. Each bulb is different but generally most bulbs create baby bulblets each year and these tiny bulbs can take anything from one to years to reach maturity (when they will flower). These bulblets are simply taken off the main bulb and replanted. Cuttings are rarely sold at garden nurseries or garden centers, although I have seem them for sale at markets. It’s best to visit relatives and friends and ask if you can obtain some from their favorite plants. Jim

  18. I really enjoyed your article, in the past I have been anything but green thumbed and actually quite scared of plants as I could just never keep one alive. However, my son loves all things nature including plants so I have had to overcome my fear and we have currently successfully kept an iris alive for almost a month now.

    So I am in the process of learning about plants and keep them alive just so I can join in and nuture my sons interest so I really found your article helpful and I learnt a lot as I am sure he will grow up to be a keen green thumb!

    Thank you.

    • Hi Hannah. Thank you for reading my blog and I’m glad I might have helped rebuild your interest in gardening. Please keep an eye open for further gardening blogs. Jim

  19. You give a very clear and detailed description of how to take cuttings, which is a useful step by step method for the amateur gardener. The use of figures, e.g. 400mm thin sticks also gives detail that is helpful for when you purchase new equipment. It would be quite interesting if you provided a growth log of a cutting that you have taken, so that we can see some evidence. Overall a very informative post.

  20. Greetings Jim,

    As someone who is working toward off-grid sustainable living I am very interested in improving my gardening skills. I Found your article to be very clear and informative, even for someone without a LOT of previous experience. I have planted some vegetable gardens from seed and done a few transplants of trees/flowers but I have never actually propagated plant cuttings. I found the honey trick to be really interesting because of those few transplants I did, one ended up with bacteria and died. 

    I really appreciate how detailed all of the steps are without being laden with techniques or terminology that’s too difficult to follow. I also really appreciate the suggestions for which plants have high success rates for propagation as it will save a lot of trial, error, and heartbreak of cuttings that don’t propagate as you had hoped! I am curious to know if there are any other edible plants you would suggest for cutting and propagating? I would like to both flower/tree/shrub gardens but my gardening will be a little more focused on plants that are either edible or have other practical applications. If you know of any other plants that could be cut and propagated this way I would be greatly appreciative to have some suggestions!

    Thanks for a very thorough and helpful article!

    Cheers 🙂

    • Hi Conner. Thank you for reading my blog and I’m happy you enjoyed it. The are a huge number of shrubs that provide either edible foliage or fruit and can be grown from cuttings . Here are 6.. 1). Rosemary (herb). 2). Feijoa (fruit). 3). Guava (fruit), 4). Blue Berry (fruit). 5). Goji Berry (Fruit) 6). Bay tree (Leaves). These are just some of many. I hope this helps. Jim

  21. This article is so useful. Living in the tropics, we do not need hot houses and the bag and stick hack is going to be really useful in propagating cuttings in the future. I need some help in propagating pothos (money plant) which I had planted to cover a wall in my toilet, which has now started to grow wild. Should I use the hardwood or softwood technique or another one to propagate these to be used as potted plants elsewhere in the house?

    • Hi Aziza. The Pothos plant grows very easily from either stem cuttings or by layering. They root readily and if you currently have a plant it would be easier to simply lay the branches on the ground and pin them to the soil with some sort of metal clip. You will find they will develop roots within weeks. You can then pot up the new plants. Make sure you let the pots dry out between watering’s. They don’t like to be in wet soil. Jim

  22. I’ve tried to do cuttings before and I’ve had mixed results…now I know why. I was’t do the cuttings rights.  Great tip on using honey for the cut ends.  I think my aunt used to do this when I was young.  She had a green thumb and had all kinds of tricks she used in her gardens.

    I was wondering if you can do cuttings for butterfly bushes and azaleas?  And what about sucker shoots for trees like service berry trees?

    • Hi Tim. Yes, you can take cuttings from both the Butterfly bush and the Azalea plants. It is best to use hardwood cuttings from these plants. Jim

  23. This has been a great refresher for me. Thanks Jim! I first learned how to propagate plants way back in high school. Horticulture was a fav subject but never used it since as I went into my working world. Now I so want to be growing my own foods and am loving your generous knowledge. 

    If I may just offer another tip that I do remember for free propagation of the recycling type that I learned way back when, is to cut the bottom of a plastic bottle a couple a inches up from the bottom. Put your mix in the base then carefully slip the top back over and secure with a little tape, work well as I remember:).

    Regards Rob…

  24. Hey Jim,

    We have this mango tree with it’s leaves growing on my neighbour’s territory of the yard and I keep getting told to cut it down or else my neighbour will cut it himself. My tree is about 10 feet tall, not at it’s peak yet but I would hate to cut it and not grow back though, as I was thinking of growing it again from the stem.

    Since it’s hardwood and it’s relatively tall, would it die out if I cut a quarter of it’s height?

    • Hi Tiaz. It’s common practice for many people to cut back their Mango’s once they get to big. They are strong growers and will develop new branches quickly. A quarter of it’s height will be perfect. Jim

  25. Good Morning Jim,

    Here I am, back for a second visit to your website. I also love gardening and as your articles are so informative I can always learn something new.

    Talking about plant cuttings I have made the following experience living on my farm since 1981. This is a beautiful place and when I moved in the house was already 150 years old. The garden was kind of non existing so beside some big and old trees everything was planted by me. In November I always do the geraniums. In 2 years they have normally grown to be 1 meter high and then they get top heavy and break. I cut off just 1 finger above the ground, the middle piece is thrown away and the head with 30 cm stem is replanted in previously well watered soil. In general this sytem functions beautifully and like that I have been able to multiply a lot.

    When my Mother moved to Spain in 1990 she imported the Lemon scented Geranium from Holland. I can tell you this geranium loved the climate and has spread all over the place. You can put cuttings straight into the ground or in a jar with water see if it makes some roots.

    On old orange trees I had some crafting done to improve the quality of the fruit. In front of the house is a very old plum tree which was crafted many years ago on an almond tree. Nature is amazing and I feel blessed to have been able to work hard but also enjoy it here for so many years.

    Thank you for this nice post, a big help for all your readers I am sure.

    Regards, Taetske

  26. Hi Taetske. Welcome back. You’re very fortunate to be able to have Geraniums growing for 2 years or longer. In our climate we need to treat them like annuals. My wife takes cuttings every year to keep our stock going. You are correct, nature truly is amazing. Jim

  27. I didn’t know that there was something like the “the best time” for a plant to take cuttings. And to someone like myself who’s new into gardening, I feel there’s so much to learn. Your article has shown me the many things that go behind maintaining a good garden. So, these deciduous plants have energy in their stems that can see them through six months after they are cut? That’s incredible! I love that bit of info about dipping the cuttings in honey. Thanks for a lovely article.

  28. Wow a lot of information on plants for growing in the garden. My dad was a gardener, there were many times where I would go to get the seeds from him. He so graciously shared the seeds not just with me, but with neighbors and friends and other family members as well.

    What we do now is plant our seeds into a planter and then keep them on our balcony, this helps to keep pests away as well it is easy to tend to, because I’m not that much of a gardener. It’s easy for me to step onto my balcony and water my plants rather than pull out my hose and go  water my garden.Thanks for including all the different ways we can garden at home when unfortunately a greenhouse is not available.

  29. Very interesting. My wife is on the way of becoming a small BIO farmer. She plants a lot of salad at the moment, from seeds.

    I see her working sometimes and learn techniques I’ve never seen before.

    The salad seeds she first bathes in warm water for some hours inside a cloth. Then she leaves the cloth with the seeds in the fridge for about 3 days before planting.

    We’re in Thailand, a very hot and mostly dry climate, maybe that’s why she needs to do it like this.

  30. I actually had no idea you could take cuttings and turn them into a new plant! Wow I am so not a gardener! However, recently I have begun to attempt to grow some food in our back yard. We have a completely bare back yard as we built our house 4 years ago but the landscaping has still not been done. Every time I think about creating a garden I just get stressed, and I am too tight to pay a landscaper to come in and give us some tips. If you had a blank slate to start with, where would you get some inspiration in order to come up with an over all concept for the yard without having to pay someone to do it?

  31. Hi I am so happy that I have come across your post. I really enjoy trying to propagate plants. I have mainly propagated geraniums and on occasion they worked well but other times most of them have not survived. I used rooting compound and fresh potting soils.  

    One interesting thing I read in your post is about cleaning tools with bleach. I have never even thought about doing that I just use my clippers for what ever plants that need cutting. I think this next spring I will clean all my gardening tools in bleach and that may improve the chances of my cuttings growing.

    Very informative and I will bookmark your site as gardening reference. 

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