14 Nov 2012
Have you ever wandered into your friends' garden and spotted a plant you just had to have? Well you can, and you wouldn’t have to go out and buy it either. You can propagate your own plant from a cutting taken from the original plant.
It is easy to propagate new plants from a single shrub.
Just take your cuttings from a healthy plant and make sure you cut a new growth, as you don't want the cuttings to be too woody or it will take a lot longer.
Pull off the leaves at least one third of the way up the stem and then dip the ends of the cutting into rooting hormone - you can skip this step but it can speed up the process.
Put your cutting in a glass of water and place in a sunny spot. The windowsill is a perfect place.
Change the water every four to five days.
In a few weeks you should begin to see roots coming from the bottom of your cutting. It may feel like it takes a while, but they should root eventually.
You may find that the cutting will root quicker if it is resting on the bottom of the jar instead of floating.
Once you have a strong root network established, you can plant your cuttings in small pots. This technique works well with lavender cuttings, any type of herb and shrubs.
Article courtesy of www.home-dzine.co.za
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