Hand tip pruning pot plants

An easy, green Christmas gift idea!

Looking for a Christmas gift that's a bit different and environmentally friendly? Take some cuttings from your garden and plant them up in a pretty pot ready for gifting. It's a great way to save money, share your garden and give something that will last (hopefully!).

November 19, 2020
Hand tip pruning pot plants

Types of cutting

Softwood cuttings
Softwood cuttings are taken from fresh, new growth, usually in spring or early summer. Includes viburnum, lavender and fuchsia.

Semi-ripe cuttings
These stems are tougher and more mature. Includes camelia and honeysuckle.

Hardwood cuttings
Taken from woody stems in late autumn or winter. Includes jasmine, hydrangea and shrub roses.

You'll need

  • A sharp knife or pruning shears/secateurs
  • Small containers for potting the cuttings
  • Potting mix
  • Rooting hormone

Step 1
Select healthy growth that’s 7-15cm (3-6 inches) long. Make a sharp cut, being careful not to squash the stem.

Step 2
Remove the lower leaves so you have a bare stem and remove any flowers. Dip the end of your stem in rooting hormone. This helps them to take root more quickly.

Step 3
Plant your cutting in moist potting mix. Keep it humid by wrapping it loosely in clear plastic.

  • Early morning is usually the best time to take cuttings, as this is when plants usually have the most moisture.
  • Keep cuttings moist until you’ve potted them up and avoid exposure to direct sunlight.
  • Many cuttings root faster if they are kept warm and humid, so misting them regularly can help them grow.
  • Be patient! It can take a month or two for cuttings to become established enough to be planted out. Not all cuttings will take root.
  • Some plants root so easily that you can start them in a jar of plain water. Try African violet, geranium, impatiens and philodendron.

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