With glorious spring weather now in full swing, it’s a great time to get out into the garden and enjoy the sunshine. Rather than buying new plants to put in your garden, did you know it’s actually super easy to grow them from cuttings instead? Why spend money on new plants when you can take cuttings from the ones you already have at home.
To get started, make sure you have the following items on hand: • A sharp knife or pruning shears • Recycled pots or other draining containers • Potting mix and sand or perlite • Rooting hormone powder or gel
If you don’t have any of these items at home, you’ll be able to pick them up at your local nursery. Once you’ve got the tools to get started, here are the four steps.
To give your cuttings the best possible start, use bleach to sterilise the containers you’ll be placing the cuttings into.
Select healthy growth that displays at least three healthy nodes where leaves are emerging and make a clean, sharp cut.
Remove leaves on the under layer of the offset before inserting it into your potting mix. Then, cut every second leaf out or halve the larger leaves.
Place your cuttings in a pot containing a mix of half potting mix and half sand or perlite, which will help to keep the cutting moist. Then, submerge the bottom of the pot in a container of water and put a shopping bag around the pot, secured with a rubber band. To form a miniature greenhouse, you can even place some cooking skewers in the soil to hold the plastic bag up over the pot.