Starting Plants from Cuttings

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One of the best way to get new plants for your home and garden is by taking cuttings from an existing plant. There are several techniques to ensure success. This is a page for starting plants from cuttings.


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I have had good success in growing many things from cuttings, like hibiscus and frangipani (plumeria), by dipping the stem in honey and putting the cutting into sandy potting mix mixed 50/50. If the weather is cold to cool, a plastic bag over the pot gives a hothouse style of growing.

Hydrangeas grow easily from cuttings too. Make sure there is a least 3 eyes (leaf nodes). The bottom one should be placed in the soil (I use potting mix) and this is where the roots will grow from, Also cutting off any large leaves is important so all of the plants energy can go to making roots.

Source: This was information from my mother who was an avid gardener

By joycerose from Morley, WA

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April 4, 2006

It's easy to grow shrubs and many other plants by simply planting a branch. Cut off a branch and bury it in decent soil leaving only 6-8 inches out of the ground. It may be small, but it will grow. I have even grown two white pine trees from cuttings. It also works well to grow ivy and some perennials (no root necessary). It's fun and saves money too.


By Virginia from Cincinnati, OH

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May 16, 2012

Starting roots on fresh flowers so they can be planted and come back every year. The gift that keeps on giving.

Approximate Time: 30 - 45 minutes (depending on how many flowers you need to root)



  1. After enjoying your fresh flowers a couple of days, take them out of the vase. Cut the ends off of each flower.
  2. Fill a flower pot with potting soil, make a hole for each flower you have in the soil.
  3. Take one flower at a time dip it into water, then stir end in Shultz Take Root powder. Remove excess powder by tapping on rim of the container.
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  5. Plant treated flowers in potting soil. Water, and mist regularly. The flowers will then grow roots and can be replanted in flower bed, or wherever you desire. Enjoy flowers every year there after.
  6. By rhondah from Andersonville, TN

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There are many plants that let you take cutting to start new plants. Why not start some in "give-a-way pots". I have several transplants waiting for the right person.

Grow Cuttings To Give Away

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If you're wanting to landscape your property, but not wanting to spend a lot of money doing so, alert your family, friends, fellow church members, co-workers, etc.

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I've posted so many pictures of plants I've rooted, I don't think one will be necessary here. I haven't tried this tip as I have no trouble rooting cuttings.


For those of you who try my methods and still aren't successful, you might want to give this tip a try.

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Many plants, including those considered annuals in your area, can be over-wintered indoors and used as starts in your spring garden, whether it be in the ground or in containers, or both.

A patch of brightly colored coleus.

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The kids old sandbox makes a great place to grow cuttings for starting new plants! Be sure to shade the new cuttings from the sun and water frequently until you see new growth.


These little plants you are growing will sell for $5.00 each at your next garage sale!

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November 20, 2004

I have used several methods for starting plants for my own use. I once moved on to property that had no trees. Early the next spring, with the blessing of a neighbor, I clipped very thin branches that where long and straight and more then 3 ft long and had buds barely cracked.

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January 9, 2002

Pull the branches down away from the bush so they will lay on the ground. Do not cut but scrape away the bark where it touches the ground.

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February 11, 2010

An easy way to root angel trumpets, confederate rose, and rose of Sharon is to cut a branch off and put it in water halfway up the stem until it has roots.

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March 13, 2010

I would like advice for starting new plants from clippings of the plants I have.

Hardiness Zone: 9a

By Kevin


March 19, 20100 found this helpful
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I use rooting hormone if I remember. I have 2 old aquariums in
which I put about 1/2 " of vermiculite. I use potting soil or perlite in pots or six packs, I have very good luck with this method. I put glass on top of the aquariums, leaving it open at one corner for ventilation.


I live in Phoenix so this doesn't work when it gets hot unless I move them inside. I have a lot of fun with this. I also start seeds this way though in this climate, it is usually easier to just plant them in the ground unless they take a long time to germinate.

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October 22, 2015

I am moving in November from Rhode Island to Cape Cod, Massachusetts and need to bring a small root of my dad's lilac tree, my mom's peonies bulbs, and small roots of forsythias. Can someone tell me how to preserve these over the winter to be able to plant them at my new home in the spring please?


October 27, 20150 found this helpful
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Store them in damp peat moss in a very cool place and they should be fine.They are all quite tough. Remember to make sure you have at least 5 eyes on your peony or it will take a long time to bloom. Keep the most you can.

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April 30, 2012

How do I root plants (whips)?

By Eddie


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You didn't specify what type of plants but it sounds like you are trying to root some sort of tree whips. If that is the case just cut

off the whips you want, remove lower leaves and cut bottoms at a slant. You can use a medium like rootone or if you have access to a willow tree just cut off several branches {fresh and small} and pour boiling water over them and allow to cool. Just put the fresh cut whips in a container and add the willow water and wait for them to root. Check the ends occasionally to make sure they are not getting slimy and change the willow water at least once a week (rooting hormones are made of willow bark!). Good luck.

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August 23, 2009

Can I use rooting hormone on perennial plants?

Hardiness Zone: 4a

By kelly from Lacrosse, WI


September 2, 20090 found this helpful
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Yes, you can. For more info search for your question. Lot of info there, good luck.

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August 6, 2013

What steps should I take for preparing my cuttings before dipping them into rooting compound?

By Glenn

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September 27, 2011

How do I root cuttings of Texas sage?

By Dianne

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March 24, 2016

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My friend asked me for clippings from my garden and this is what she is getting. These succulents sit in a wooden box and floral foam oasis. The handle is foxtail fern and the succulents include aeoniums, kiwi, burro's tail, campfire, and many filler plants from my garden. I say spring is here!

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Montebello, Southern California

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February 28, 2018

This is a page about making a plastic bottle propagator. A plastic drink bottle can easily be converted into a mini greenhouse for small plants and cuttings. Save your next empty drink bottle and give it a try.

Bottle Propagator - plastic bottle with sage cuttings

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January 14, 2016

This is a page about rooting plants in water. Rooting your new plant cutting in water is a very effective method. Depending on your choice of container it can also be interesting to watch the roots develop.

Rooting a Spider Plant - spider plant in flask

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