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A person pouring seed raising mix from a bag into a plastic tray

Overview

Propagating plants using cuttings is a great way to save money and expand your garden. You can do it from plants that you or your friends already have. We'll show you what you need to do to grow from cuttings and what kind of conditions they'll need to thrive.

Steps

1Fill the propagation tray with seed raising mix

To propagate from a cutting, you'll need to use a propagation tray and mix. Specifically designed for the job, these will provide the perfect conditions to promote fast growth. Start by filling up the tray with seed raising mix 
to the brim.

A person pouring seed raising mix from a bag into a plastic tray

2Make holes with a dibber

Next, make some holes in your soil for your plants with a dibber. Evenly space out six holes in your tray.  Aim to dig the dibber into the soil about an inch. The more you plant the better your chances, as some of the cuttings you plant may not successfully grow.

A person holding a bamboo stick in a tray of soil

3Make cuttings from your plant

Choosing the right cuttings is really important when propagating a plant. Cuttings should be between 3-4 inches long. Always take your cuttings from areas of new growth on a plant. Make the cut just under some leaves, then strip the lower leaves back. Try six cuttings and you should have a few that successfully grow.

A person cutting a green plant using secateurs

4Dip the cutting end in a rooting hormone

Before you plant the cutting, dip the end in a rooting hormone which will encourage root growth. Make sure that you don't have too much powder or gel on the end – tap any excess off lightly.

A person dipping a cutting into a container of rooting hormone powder

5Plant your cuttings in tray

Now plant your cuttings in the holes you've made. Cover them back up with enough soil to hold the cutting in place.

A person planting a cutting into a tray of soil

6Water and prune cuttings

You need to keep the cuttings moist but make sure you don't drown them in water or they may not prosper. Place the tray in a sheltered area out of harsh conditions like excessive sun, wind and rain. You can also prune any large leaves on your cuttings as these may affect their growth.

A person spraying newly planted cuttings with a water spray bottle

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.