It’s hard to say which cuttings will produce the best results. The rule is cuttings from stock of hardwoods or succulents are all possible sources for starting a new plant and sharing it with your friends. A lot of growers do this to increase their inventories.
Timing is very important in making cuttings. Deciduous plants it should be propagated in early summer. For other plants any time during the growing season.
Your best cuttings will come from in between branches, not the tip or the top.
Make sure your plant is mature enough to make a cutting from, most plants less than two years old may not produce good results, plus you may damage the plant you are making a cutting from.
Younger shoots need less stimulation to root than older shoots.
Keeping a diary is very helpful if you plan on doing this more than once, this way you can track data such as the number of days after cut, origin of the cutting, the time, temperature, date.
Cuttings should be propagated soon. Some cuttings may be kept fresh by keeping cut end wrapped in moist cloth or a glass of water.
Pearlite or vermiculite with soil mixes will keep the soil moist and not allow the cut end to dry.
Even though most cutting will root when moisture and temperature are monitored, it is best to have some growth-rooting hormone to dip the cut end in to stimulate root growth. (All Garden centers carry the product, I use “rootone” it’s a brand name, but there are a lot of these products on the market.
When making the cut make it diagonal and make sure your cutting tool is clean, just like a human wound you wouldn’t want to infect it.
Now it’s time to root your cutting, either in soil or a glass of water.
Tips & Warnings
- Don’t let weeds compete with the new plant.
- Keep your plant moist
- Don’t feed the plant till roots are present