How to take softwood cuttings

This is a great way to increase your stock of hydrangeas, fuchsias, impatiens, pelargoniums and buddlejas. Take softwood cuttings from the youngest shoots in spring and early summer

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  •  A sharp knife or secateurs
  • Rooting hormone powder
  • A good potting mix
  • A plastic or ceramic pot with drainage holes


Step 1:

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Cut off a stem tip, straight across, about
10–15cm long, just below a leaf joint.

Step 2:

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Remove leaves, leaving the top two to four.

Step 3:

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Dip the cut end in a rooting hormone.

Step 4:

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Plant in a potting mix so the leaves are just above the soil. Keep moist.

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