Growing plants from cuttings with a propagator


Babs Beetroot gives us her top tips on growing plants from cuttings.

“Imagine being able to cut a limb off, an arm or a leg, plant it in water and watch a new person grow from it. As a human this sounds crazy. However with some plants you can cut off part of the living stem and with a bit of care and patience you can grow a new plant. While a human would need to go to hospital if they cut an arm or a leg off, if you are careful when taking a cutting from a plant it will remain healthy. I would recommend asking people before you take a cutting from their favourite plant, most people say yes, and then within a year you’ll have your very own.”

Using a Propagator to grow cuttings

  • Woody herbs like rosemary, thyme, oregano, lavender and mint are easy to grow from cuttings.
  • The main thing is to keep your cutting moist.
  • Fill your pots with a light moist seed compost. Why to avoid peat compost?
  • Remove any leaves on the bottom cm of the cutting.
  • Make a 1-2cm deep hole with a stick about the thickness of a pencil for each cutting.
  • Put a few cuttings around the edge of a large pot, or a single cutting in each little pot. Firm gently.
  • Gently firm the compost around the stem.
  • Keep soil moist.
  • Pot out when you see your first new shoots, leaves appearing.

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