Project 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.
Continue to Step-by-step instructions.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Fill the propagation tray with seed raising mix
2 Make holes with a dibber
3 Make cuttings from your plant
4 Dip the cutting end in a rooting hormone
5 Plant your cuttings in tray
6 Water and prune cuttings
  • Step 1. Fill 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.

  • Step 2. Make 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.

  • Step 3. Make 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.

  • Step 4. Dip 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 on the end – tap any excess off lightly.

  • Step 5. Plant 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.

  • Step 6. Water 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.

Pack first aid kit 02:04

Safety & Security How to prepare a bushfire survival kit If you live in a bushfire area, it’s important to have an emergency bushfire emergency kit ready to go. It should contain all the essentials you need, until it’s safe to return.

Person cleaning the gutters 04:34

Safety & Security How to prepare for a storm or cyclone Protect your home from getting damaged during a cyclone or storm by following this step-by-step guide.

smoke alarm 00:45

Safety & Security How to change a smoke alarm battery Keep your smoke alarm working properly by replacing the battery at least once a year.

Mount the alarm on the ceiling 02:12

Safety & Security How to install a smoke alarm Help keep your home safe from fire by installing smoke alarms.

Displaying waterproof and fireproof safe 04:18

Safety & Security How to prepare for a flood Find out what you need to do so that you’re ready to evacuate in case of a flood. You’ll get tips for keeping floodwater out of your home and protecting household items.

Choose items for the emergency kit 01:14

Safety & Security How to pack an emergency kit It’s important to keep an emergency kit stocked and ready in case it’s needed. We’ll show you what to pack.

Door phone monitor 03:41

Safety & Security How to install a video door phone Installing a video door phone provides you with some extra security by letting you see who is ringing the doorbell before you answer it.

home automation

Safety & Security How to add simple home automation to your house Imagine being able to set your coffee machine to start when your alarm goes off, save money by monitoring how much energy each appliance is using or check that your home is safe and sound when you’re not there. With home automation all this and more...

Man measuring project 01:57

Tools & D.I.Y. Skills How to calculate square metres Learn how to calculate in square metres to make sure you order enough materials for your renovations and D.I.Y. projects.

Cordless Drill

Tools & D.I.Y. Skills Cordless drill buying guide The cordless drill will be the most used power tool you’ll own, so deciding which one to buy is an important decision. This guide will help you choose the cordless drill that’s right for you.

install hinges and gass struts

Tools & D.I.Y. Skills 5 cordless power tools that will make your D.I.Y. projects easier Cordless power tools offer you the flexibility and freedom to work just about anywhere. They’re portable, light weight and easy to handle. Here are our top five cordless tools that will help make your D.I.Y. dreams a reality.

Selection of tools 03:42

Tools & D.I.Y. Skills How to choose tools for your toolbox Check out this list of basic tools that are great for every tool box.

circular saw

Tools & D.I.Y. Skills Five things you need to know before selecting any power tool If you’re looking for a new power tool, there are few terms you need to know that may influence which one you buy. Here’s a look at five of the most common things you’ll hear when you’re out shopping for power tools.

Man welding the metal pieces together 03:22

Tools & D.I.Y. Skills How to arc weld You can use an arc welder to join heavy pieces of metal together. We show you how to use an arc welder safely.

Man using small step ladder 03:10

Tools & D.I.Y. Skills How to use a ladder correctly Ladders are very useful, but it’s important to keep safe and use them correctly. We show you how to use three different ladders properly.

Man marking drill point tile 01:14

Tiling How to drill into tiles If you want to attach something to a tiled wall, you’ll need to drill holes through the tiles. Learn how to drill them cleanly and safely.

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions which came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings team member.

Top of the content