Tips for Taking Cuttings

by Amy Gordon
(last updated August 31, 2016)

Plant cutting is a great method to make more plants out of the plants that you already have. Plant cutting is done by cutting off part of the parent plant (usually the top) and putting that piece into soil so it can grow into its own plant. To really let the cutting become its own plant, it is best to put it in a protected environment where it can grow without harsh interferences from other plants and bad conditions.

One of the best ways to make a good cutting is to put it in a hanging bag of soil. This not only makes a great space saver, it also works well to protect the plant from the environment to let it really grow. Try it next time you want to make a cutting of your begonias, dieffenbachias, and other like plants.

To get started, make sure to use a different bag for each kind of cutting, since the different plants have different rates of root growth. Mix peat and perlite or vermiculite, all of which are available at any garden center, in equal parts in a bowl or pot. Make sure to mix enough to fill a large, strong, transparent plastic bag. Moisten the mixture thoroughly and place the mixture in the bag. Be sure to poke small holes in the bottom of the bag for drainage. Close the bag with stout cord. Poke small holes into the sides of the bag and gently insert your stem cuttings. Hang in an airy, well-lit place with a waterproof floor. In the summer, great locations include a shaded corner of a balcony or patio, or a garage window. In the winter, hang the bag over the draining board of a sink that you do not use too often, perhaps in a utility room.

Spray the cuttings daily, letting water run down the stems to re-moisten the rooting mixture. When the cuttings have rooted, slit the bag open with a knife. Plant the now growing cuttings in the location of your choice and enjoy the beautiful addition to your garden.

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Amy Gordon

Amy Gordon loves keeping things simple, natural, and safe so she can spend more time having fun. Every day she learns new things about making life at home easier and she loves to share it with you! ...

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