Success with cuttings

cotty1000cotty1000 Posts: 266

How do people take cuttings? 

I have done it before with varied success but want to know the best method.

This year I have taken lots of cuttings and put them in a heated propagator and they all wilted. Then I put some in pots with food bags over them and they were successful until I couldn't be bothered to put the bags back on all of them again.

Is this the best method?


  • Pete8Pete8 Posts: 2,909

    They wilted because the leaves lost more water than they could replace. It may have been too warm and direct sun on fresh cuttings will cause them to wilt, I leave them somewhere in light shade for the 1st few days. Trimming leaves back will help reduce water loss.
    I generally use a free draining compost, place the cuttings right at the edge of the pot and the gentle warmth from a heated propagator should help them root quickly.
    I generally get better results covering with a plastic bag, but more than often I can't be bothered image

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