Monday, 26 March 2007


Photo: Cotoneaster take well from softwood cuttings.

It is a great time of the year to be taking cuttings. Softwood cuttings are particularly successful in early summer. Choose the soft stems of plants such as weigela, philadelphus, potentilla and cotoneaster. Choose healthy young, non-flowering shoot tips about 7.5 to 10cm long. (3-4in) Remove the lower leaves and leave a leaf node showing. This will be where the roots will come. Insert the stems into gritty compost and cover with a polythene bag to maintain a high humidity. Ventilate more freely once the cutting is rooted in about 8-10 weeks. Make a slit in the bag, then remove the plant entirely after about another two


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