How to take a cutting from a plant

Expand your indoor collection by taking cuttings from your favourite plants.

Bunnings magazine, May 2020

Striking cuttings in water

1. Take a cutting

Using clean secateurs, take a cutting just below a node (the bump along the stem where the leaf attaches) and remove the lower leaf.

2. Place cutting in water

Fill a clean glass with water and position the cutting so the node is submerged. Place the glass in a bright spot, out of direct sunlight.

3. Keep water clean and full

Ensure the water remains clear and remove any cuttings that yellow or brown. Top up the water to keep the node submerged.

4. Transplant plant into pot

After three to four weeks, roots will form. Once roots are approximately 5–10cm, transplant into a small pot with good quality potting mix. Water in well with diluted seaweed solution.

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Striking cuttings in soil

1. Take a cutting

Using clean, sharp secateurs, take a cutting (approximately 10–15cm) just below a node and remove the lower leaves.

2. Provide nutrients to roots

Dip the end into honey or a rooting hormone, before inserting into a pot filled with seed-raising mix.

3. Place in sunlight

Position the pot in a bright spot, out of sunlight. Mist the soil regularly to keep it moist.

4. Re-pot plant

After a few weeks, when cuttings resist gentle tugs, they’re ready for planting. Gently remove from the soil, check the roots, and plant in a slightly larger pot; otherwise, leave as is to continue rooting.

Credit: Photo credit: Anna Robinson

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