The Q&A Archives: Plant Propagation

Question: Can I regenerate a new plant from a stem clipping?

Answer: You certainly can propagate your plants with cuttings. Take 8-12" stem cuttings in the late spring, remove the lower leaves, dip the cut end in rooting hormone, and plant it in some moistened potting soil. It also helps to make small vertical slits through bark at the base of the cutting - this wounding stimulates more root growth. Put the cuttings in a draft-free place, in a bright location (not in hot, direct sunlight), and keep the soil moist. Make sure the soil mix has a lot of perlite or vermiculite to ensure good drainage. Cuttings require a lot of air in the soil as well as consistent moisture. If you put the whole container in a clear plastic bag and leave the endslightly open, the increased humidity can hasten rooting. It's rare to have 100% success this method, but some of them will root. The appearance of new leaves on the stems will indicate your cuttings have rooted. Good luck!

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