If using cubes/plugs/sponges, pre-soak with a young plant nutrient or a weak ‘grow’ nutrient solution. If using compost, make sure it is moist, but not soaking wet.
Select your cutting – it should be softwood (young, soft, green stems). Choose stems that are healthy and have at least three sets of nodes.
Using a sterilised blade, make a slanted cut underneath the nodes, leaving a significant selection of the stem below.
Remove the lower leaves, so energy is not wasted in maintaining them.
Apply rooting gel to the dibble holes.
Transfer your cutting into a propagator. In the summer, it is fine to leave your propagator on the windowsill; whilst in the winter months, it is important to control the heat and light, by using items, such as, a propagation lamp and a heat mat.
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