Propagating Plants from Softwood Cuttings


One thing a growing garden needs is plants, and lots of them! To buy enough plants to fill a regular backyard garden can be quite an expensive affair…
But, thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way, since nature provides for us freely and abundantly, and when we work with nature, it becomes quite effortless, and inexpensive too!

Plants naturally reproduce themselves, and they are more than capable of doing this without any help. We can take advantage of some of the mechanisms by which plants can reproduce themselves to produce an abundance of plants for our gardens.

Many herbaceous plants (plants that do not have a persistent woody stem) and even many woody stemmed plants can be reproduced if a “cutting”, a short length of the stem or a branch that is cut off, is put into moist ground in a partly shady cool spot. In time this cutting will sprout roots and become a new plant that is an exact genetic clone of the plant the cutting was taken from.

Softwood vs. Hardwood Cuttings

At this point you may be wondering what the difference is between taking hardwood and softwood cuttings.

  • Softwood cuttings are taken during the growing season, where the plants have leaves, so an important consideration is to maintain the humidity levels until roots begin to form to prevent the cuttings drying out.
  • Hardwood cuttings are taken in winter, during dormancy, when all leaves have fallen.

When discussing propagating plants by cuttings, the question inevitably comes up – why not grow from seed?

The Difference Between Cuttings and Seed Grown Plants

The difference between growing plants from seed and growing plants from cuttings is genetic variation. As just mentioned, cuttings are identical genetic clones of the parent plant because this is vegetative, or asexual reproduction, as genes only come from one parent. Seeds can produce plants that are different from the parent plants because seeds are produced by sexual reproduction, they receive genes from a male and female to form. As they are a cross from two sets of genes, many fruit trees are nottrue to seed”, that is, their seeds will produce a different variety of tree from the parent. For the botany purists, yes, there are some exceptions, but this is generally the case.

For example, the seeds from a particular variety apple will not grow to be the same variety as the apple tree they came from. The seeds will produce a wide variety of different apple tree types.

So what you may say? Well, consider that not all the varieties of apple would taste good, some may not be palatable or edible at all!

Why do plants do this, mix and match their genetic material and constantly change? Simply, to adapt to different conditions and enhance their chances of survival and reproduction. Now it should be clear why all commercial fruit tree varieties are grafted, the roots may vary slightly but the top parts that are grafted on top of the rootstock all come from the same original parent plant.

The other great things about cuttings is that the plant produced from a cutting has the same genetic maturity as the parent plant. So, if a plant takes three years to produce fruit when it’s grown from seed, a plant grown from a cutting will be mature if the parent plant is, so a new plant produced from a cutting of a three year old plant will fruit in the same year. This saves a lot of waiting around…

Genetic variation isn’t as big an issue with most herbaceous plants, but you can maintain the variety if it has favourable characteristics, and it’s a great way to produce hardy, mature plants in a hurry.

Now that we’ve covered the basic theory, lets get down to a practical example of how to propagate plats from cuttings:

Procedures for Rooting Softwood Stem Cuttings

Step 1 – Select suitable cutting
Most herbaceous (softwood) stem cuttings are best taken during the growing season of a plant, from spring to summer, and the best time is early morning, when the plant tissues contain the most water.

  • It is important to keep the cuttings cool and moist until they are placed into the propagating medium. When working with cuttings, don’t lay them out exposed to full sunlight, work in a shady spot!
  • If they need to be transported, wrap them in a moist paper towel in a plastic bag. If there is a significant delay potting up the cuttings, they can be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Cuttings are usually about 10-15cm (4-6”) long, from current or past season’s growth. Cut below a leaf joint. If possible, choose strong, healthy, disease-free shoot for a cutting, preferably from the upper part of the plant.

  • Avoid taking cuttings from plants that show symptoms of mineral deficiencies.
  • Avoid taking cuttings from plants that have been heavily fertilized, especially with nitrogen, as they may not root well.
  • Avoid taking cuttings from plants that show moisture stress.


Step 2 – Strip off lower leaves
Remove the leaves from the lower one-third to one-half (1/3 – 1/2) of the cutting to leave a bare stem.

This allows the lower portion of cutting to be inserted into the propagating medium, and also reduces the amount of leaves from which moisture can be lost. If too much moisture is lost, the cutting will dry out. Remember, the cutting doesn’t have any roots yet to pull up more water to replace any it loses!

  • On some plants you can strip off the leaves easily by holding the top of the cutting firmly with one hand, then using the other hand to pinch the lower part of the cutting and pulling gently downwards. If this doesn’t work, trim the leaves away with scissors or secateurs.
  • On large leafed plants, cut all the leaves in half by trimming the ends off to reduce water loss. This also reduces the size of the cuttings so they take up less space. The added advantage is that you can tell when new growth emerges because you’ll see uncut leaves, which is an indicator that the cutting has rooted and is growing!
  • Remove any flowers and flower buds when preparing cuttings so the cutting’s energy can be used in producing new roots rather than flowers.


Step 3 – Cut stem below a leaf node
Cut the stem about 6mm (1/4”) below the lowest leaf node on the cutting.

To identify the leaf nodes, look for the areas where the leaves grow out from, so this will be an area where you removed the leaved from earlier. If the area has no leaves, it may have buds where new leaves will grow.

  • The reason why we cut near the leaf nodes is because these areas contain a large area of meristem tissue. Meristem cells are undifferentiated calls, similar to human stem cells, that can grow and divide to form various kinds of cells for plant growth, including roots.
  • The cells in the meristem divide quickly and form callus to seal the end of the cutting, and then under the influence of the plant’s own hormones, auxin and cytokinin, these callus cells differentiate and become root cells

Species difficult to root should be “wounded” as this helps encourage rooting. This involves making an additional light cut on either side of the cut stem at the base to expose more of the cambium.

  • The cambium is the light green layer you see under bark when you scrape it away, before you get to the wood, this is a single layer of meristem tissue. Wounding also helps in some cases to remove a physical barrier which may be getting in the way of roots forming.
  • You can scrape off the bark or outer layer to expose the cambium using a knife of the sharp edge of your scissors or secateurs.


Step 4 – Dip cut end into rooting hormone (optional)
Treating cuttings with rooting hormone can increase the chances of stimulating root growth. This is more critical in plants that are more difficult to root.

If using root hormone powder, be sure to tap the cuttings to remove excess.

  • Most commercially available rooting hormone products consist if two synthetic auxins (plant hormones), indole-3-butyric acid (“IBA”) and naphthaleneacetic acid (“NAA”), discovered in 1935. They have similar functions to the auxin naturally produced by plants, indole-3-acetic acid (“IAA”) which was first identified in 1934, and are more effective in promoting root formation. Afterwards IBA was also found to be naturally occurring in plants.
  • Rooting hormones usually also contain a fungicide to prevent fungi from rotting of the cutting
  • You can make your own natural root hormone – Willow Water. Willow water is mild form of root stimulating hormone which contains IBA. Just chop up fresh willow twigs, dump them in boiling water, let it cool overnight, and then let the stems of your cuttings stand in the water for a few hours to soak it up, before you pot them up.


Step 5 – Prepare propagating medium and insert cutting
Fill a pot with propagating medium and water the propagating medium to moisten it.

  • Any medium which will lend physical support, provide moisture and oxygen in the right balance, is low in fertility and is free of pathogens can be used for propagating cuttings
  • The propagating medium needs to be well-draining to provide sufficient aeration to grow roots. If it is anaerobic (no air), the roots will rot. Only a few plants will grow roots if the cuttings are placed in a container of water. It should also retain enough moisture so that watering does not have to be done too often. It doesn’t need to have high fertility or any nutrients, because the cuttings don’t have roots to be able to use them.
  • Materials commonly used as propagating medium are coarse sand, regular potting mix, coconut coir, or blends such as a mixture of one part peat and one part Perlite (by volume), or one part peat and one part sand (by volume).

Insert one-third to one-half of the length of the cutting into the propagating medium. Keep the cuttings vertical and space cuttings far enough apart from each other so they don’t shade each other out so that all their leaves can receive light.


Step 6 – Add more cuttings if propagating
Since cuttings don’t always ‘strike’ (grow roots), it’s best to add a few cuttings into your propagating medium to increase the chances of success.

  • Even with plants that have really low striking rates, say as low as 20%. then if you put 10 cuttings in, you’ll potentially get 2 that take root.


Step 7 – Label the cuttings to identify them
I can’t emphasise enough the importance of labelling plants when propagating by seeds or cuttings.

You might think you know what the plants are when you’re preparing them, but if the cuttings take a few months to grow roots, and you prepare cuttings of other plants, what are the chances of telling them apart?


Step 8 – Cover the cuttings to retain moisture
Set the cuttings in a bright, warm location, away from direct sunlight

In order for cuttings to survive, they need to retain moisture inside of them. This is because the leaves can lose moisture via evaporation, but there aren’t any roots to take up more water to replace what is lost from the leaves.

The way to keep the cuttings alive is to maintain the humidity (moisture in the air) around them, while at the same time not keeping them to damp, otherwise they will rot and go mouldy!

To do this we lightly water the cuttings again. Then cover the cuttings with some kind of clear plastic that will hold the moisture in and then place the cuttings in indirect light, .

  • Avoid direct sun, otherwise the cuttings will overheat and cook in their airtight enclosures!
  • Keep the medium moist until the cuttings have rooted.

Shown below is a propagating pot, the top “butterfly” can be twisted to expose the air holes in the lid to let air in when the cuttings start growing, to allow them to adjust to lower levels of humidity and “harden off”. This pot is part of a “Aquamiser” Propagation and Seed Raising kit.


You can also put regular pots of a smaller size into a plastic propagation tray, these sell for a few dollars and last a while, available at most nurseries and garden stores. Note the green air vent “butterfly” on the top of the lid. This also lets you open up the vents holes in the lid to let the heat out if it gets too warm, or when the cuttings start growing and need more air flow.


Here are a few other possibilities. Here, I’ve used a regular plastic drink bottle cut in half, and pushed it slight;y into the propagating mix into the pots so it holds and seals the moist air in. The tops work better as you have a lid that you can open. I’ve put them next to the Aquamiser pot for comparison.

Incidentally, you can accommodate taller cuttings simply by cutting the bottom of the plastic bottle off only, leaving a taller humidity cover. They also work in the garden to protect seedlings from snails, just remember to take the lid off if you use them in the garden in direct sunlight!


Step 9 – Cuttings have rooted when they show new growthThe time taken for cuttings to “strike” (produce roots) varies, it depends on the type of plant, and the environmental conditions – heat, light, season. Some plants root readily while others can take what seems like forever. If the cutting still looks alive, be patient!

Newly rooted cuttings should not be transplanted directly
into the garden. They need some time to adapt and “harden off”.

Transplant them into larger pots, and provide them with some nutrients. Avoid the urge to overfeed them, fertilize them lightly. Their roots are still quite delicate.

By growing the new plants to a larger size, you help them establish a stronger root system, which makes them much more resilient, and increases their chances of survival when you finally transplant them to their permanent location.



  1. Charlee says:

    That’s one of the topics what I most eager to learn!
    Then I can save money from buying new plants.

    Thanks again!


  2. peter rabbit says:

    you can propagate most plants from cutting easy but native plants take time also vegimite or honey is good for root hormone replacement

    1. Blackthorn says:

      Hi Peter, cuttings vary enormously in how easy they are to propagate, from effortless to downright impossible, depending on the plant! For plants that don’t grow well from cuttings, there are techniques such as layering and air-layering, which I’ll publish articles on soo! I’ve never tried propagating Australian natives from cuttings, the only ones I have in the garden are propagated by seed or by root division. Don’t know much about using vegemite, but honey I do know about. The honey doesn’t actually work as a hormone to encourage roots, but it protects the cutting from rotting – from being attacked by fungi and bacteria, which indirectly assists it in growing roots. Honey is a natural fungicide and antibiotic. In the commercial mixes of plant rooting hormone they use a synthetic chemical fungicide, which is a good reason not to breathe in the fine powder preparations if you’re using them!. Would be interesting to presoak cuttings in willow water, and then dip them in honey, and see if that makes a difference…

    2. parlance says:

      I read on another site that cinnamon can also be used on the cuttings to protect from rotting. Does that sound likely?

      1. Ashlie Stork says:

        Yes, dip the cut end in cinnamon to help preventing fungus.

  3. Jim Draughn says:

    Thank you for the great information. Gardening is A passion I have had for as long as I can remember. Always looking to learn, and try new and old, ideas alike.

  4. david says:

    Thank you for the information. I was wondering, can mulberry trees root in water too?

    1. Blackthorn says:

      In my experience mulberry cuttings need some kind of propagating medium, they will not root in water.

      1. parlance says:

        I used to keep silkworms in my classroom, and we would collect lots of little mulberry branches and put them in a bucket of water to keep them fresh. They rooted and I have two trees that came from that accidental propagation. The trees are now a couple of metres high. I think they were white mulberries, but I’m not sure.

  5. Jake says:

    Great info! Thanks heaps.

  6. Ms. Lit. says:

    Thanks so much. Just picked up a propagation tray (with lid) at op shop yesterday and wondered what the vents were for. Excited about taking cuttings now.

    1. Angelo (admin) says:

      The vents in the propagating tray are to let air in once the cuttings have taken. When you first put the cuttings in, close the vents so that the humidity stays in the propagator. Once the cuttings have taken root, you can open the vents gradually so the humidity decreases and more air flows, it makes it easier for the cuttings to adjust from a high humidity propagator to the conditions of the outside air. Hope that helps!

  7. Madge says:

    I am interested in propagating edgeworthia. I treated it as a hardwood cutting last year and had some success (but I was late in taking the cuttings in the dead of winter). When is the appropriate time to take my cuttings. I live in VA and the edgeworthia is still leafed out.

    1. Angelo (admin) says:

      That’s quite an unknown plant from the same family as Daphne, I’ve seen lots of opinions on how difficult it is to propagate.

      If you’re going to try propagating Edgeworthia from cuttings, use semi ripe cuttings in late summer, use rooting hormone.

      If propagation using cuttings in unsuccessful, you can try ‘layering’ to propagate the plant. Just bend a low growing branch down and bury the bottom part in the soil, let the top stick up above the ground. You can keep it in place with a piece of wire shaped like an upside-down “U” to pin it in place, you can use weed mat or irrigation pins, or you can place a rock or a brick over it to hold the base below the soil. You might have to wait twelve months or more until roots form.

      Another way to propagate Edgeworthia is to dig out any suckers from around the base of the plant with as much roots attached as possible, pot them up and grow them on for a year, then plant them out in the garden.

  8. Stu says:

    I have taken several trays of cuttings over the summer and they have lots of new shoots… However they seem not to have any roots. I’m wondering if there is too much moisture in the propagation trays? They are situated in a glass house with a humidity sensor which sprays automattically when the air dries out. How can I tell if the trays are too wet and or what is the reason I cannot see any roots please?

    1. Angelo (admin) says:

      Many types of plant cuttings will put out new shoots before the roots start growing, I’ve experienced that with mulberry cuttings, though these are deciduous hardwood cuttings. Just leave them in there a bit longer in the greenhouse and be patient, the moisture sounds fine if they aren’t rotting away, you’re halfway there, the cuttings will put out roots soon!

  9. Stu says:

    Thats a relief. Thanks for the advice. I’ll keep you posted on progress.

  10. Jess Egobi says:

    Hi Guys, Just wondering what techniques you use to check if there are roots there? I have planted a few cuttings lately and in my efforts to see if there were roots there have taken the cuttings out completely (which I’m guessing is not great 🙂 any tips on how to tell?

    1. Angelo (admin) says:

      Wait until new leaves grow, and/or give the cuttings a gentle tug.

  11. Norma says:

    Will wisteria and sea-buckthorn root in water. I tried rooting elderberry in a soilless medium and it did not work I put other cuttings in a rooting solution I made from willow cuttings and they started to sprout roots, I potted them up and they did wonderful,

    1. Angelo (admin) says:

      Sea buckthorn can be propagated in several ways, you can use hardwood or softwood cuttings, it can also be propagated by layering and from suckers growing around the plant. Doing some reading I found that some people claim they’ve had success with cuttings in water, it may be worth a try. If anyone has had success please let us know!

      Elderberry is very easy to propagate from hardwood cuttings in winter or softwood cuttings in early spring. Great to hear you got them to root in the willow water solution – I have the recipe for anyone who’s interested here.

      You can supposedly root wisteria cuttings in water by taking flexible green shoots, treating them with rooting hormone and sitting them in a jar of water for about a month, I’ve never tried it, I’m tempted to give it a go just to see what happens.

      1. stephen says:

        i have rooted sea buckthorn in water, they were semi hardwood cuttings taken in august and about 50% of them rooted. they were kept at room temp and if i remember correctly they took about 2 weeks or more to root.

      2. Angelo (admin) says:

        Hi Stephen, I need more specific information, we’re an international website and months are completely meaningless when discussing the critical concept of seasonal timing!

        August in the northern hemisphere is the last month of summer whereas in the southern hemisphere it’s the last month of winter! Which season are you referring to?

  12. eric says:

    Trying to propagate currants and wild blueberries in mixed medium (using rooting hormone) under a grow light, spraying with mister once or twice daily; they sprout gorgeous leaves but after a few weeks the leaves dry up and drop off. Do I need to keep them warmer? Cover to keep them more humid? What am I doing wrong?

  13. Chuck says:

    Great article, thank you! Ive propagated many succulent varieties, but just started vegetable seed collection and propagation. You gave me great concise information, thanks again! Chuck from Forney, Texas

  14. Joseph says:

    Hello, I just wanted to find out what is the right conditions for hardwood cuttings.Is it humid and warm or humid and cool. If its humid and cool; how is the humidity achieved in the shade? . Currently my greenhouse is covered with a crop cover and stands in the direct sunlight. I’ve got fig,peach, pomegranate, willow, sand cherry, wisteria, bougainvillea, mulberry, passion fruit and some blackberry cuttings. Will all the cuttings strike when subjected to the same conditions or do some plants require different conditions to strike.Thank you.

    1. Angelo (admin) says:

      Humidity is just a function of water vapour in the air, irrespective of heat. A cold, wet, rainy day is extremely humid!
      Usually, a bit of warmth helps cuttings strike roots, the whole point is to avoid harsh direct midday and afternoon sun which will just dry out the cuttings and kill them before they have a chance to put out roots.

      Peaches are usually grafted to a seedling rootstock, but the rest should be fine. Some, such as willow and blackberry, will strike very easy. They will all put out leaves when spring comes around, and the important thing is to make sure that the cuttings with leaves don’t lose their moisture from dry wind or direct sun, you must maintain the humidity the best you can until they have their own roots.

      1. Joseph says:

        Thank you. This was very useful.

      2. Angelo (admin) says:

        You’re welcome! 🙂

  15. Ethelyn says:

    Do you have a list of HOUSEHOLD Plants that are edible?
    Could I eat these?
    Aglaonema, (Chinese Evergreen)
    African violet (Saintpaulia)
    Begonia (cane type only)
    Cissus (Grape Ivy)
    Chlorophytum comosum (Spider plants)
    Cordyline terminalis (Ti Plant)
    Dieffenbachia (Dumb cane)
    Dracaena sanderiana (Lucky Bamboo)
    Ficus pumila (Creeping Fig)
    Hedera (English Ivy)
    Helxine (Babys Tears)
    Philodendron oxycardium (Heart Leaf)
    Philodendron pandureaform (Fiddle Leaf)
    Plectranthus (Swedish Ivy)
    Scindapsus (Pothos, Devils Ivy)
    Syngonia (Tri-Leaf Wonder)
    Tradescantia (Wandering Jew)
    Zygocactus (Christmas Cactus)

    1. Angelo (admin) says:

      Please don not try eating your indoor plants!!!

      Most indoor plants are subtropical or tropical plants that grow as understorey plants on the forest floor. Most plants that grow in these conditions are highly unpalatable or toxic, that’s how they protect themselves from being eaten! Many contain calcium oxalate in the form of extremely tiny needle shaped crystals.

      The plants you list have a better purpose than being edible, they actually purify the air of many toxic volatile chemicals, wee my article here –

      You can actually grow many proper edible herbs and leafy green vegetables in a sunny window indoors.

    2. parlance says:

      Most of those plants are poisonous or dangerous for pets, too. We had to put our plants up high for the first few years of our puppy’s life.

  16. These tips are very helpful. I have made cuttings of fig trees for years, but now I am trying cinnamon tree, and it’s proving to be more cantankerous.

  17. Mokenyakenya says:

    This is such a vital information I could not believe when I find it. awesome

  18. Patrizio says:

    Very interesting article, with lots of useful hints and tips, thanks!

    I am experimenting and trying to grow silver birches, field maples and red maples from cuttings.
    I guess my question looks at things from a slightly different perspective: how do you know whether a cutting is most definitely dead?

    For example, the top leaves I left on my birches cuttings are very dry, and some of the maple leaves have fallen since I planted the cuttings (although still looking fresh). Are these signs that the cutting is (almost) gone or it could still survive and shoot some roots?

    I think my cuttings are semi-hardwood.

    If I can understand when the cuttings are definitely gone, I can replace them and try again.

    1. Angelo (admin) says:

      If you’re growing deciduous trees from cutting you should probably be using hardwood cuttings when they are dormant. You can easily tell when semi-hardwood cuttings are dead, as they change colour and become brittle, like dead branches.

  19. Patrizio says:

    I thought softwood vs hardwood was a choice merely dictated by period of the year in which the cuttings are taken. Brilliant, will try hardwood instead then, thanks a lot for your answer 😀

  20. Joe says:

    Hello, How are you?

    I would like to please know what I should do when my hardwood cuttings, that I took in winter, begin to flower in spring. This is so because the cuttings I made (wisteria, peach, lilac etc..) had buds on the tips of the previous seasons growth. Now. as spring is arriving these buds are bursting. Should I remove these flowers? Please advise. Thank you. Great post.

    1. Angelo (admin) says:

      Yes it would be a good idea to remove the flowers, as they draw nutrients and moisture from the cuttings.

  21. Jay says:

    Great article

  22. Dr.jaffar Almahdi says:

    Very useful information. .Thank you

  23. Tammy says:

    What if it is not the right season to plant in dirt after you have rooted in water. Also, can clippings from store bought vegetation be started in dirt such as green onions, lettuce, celery?

    1. Angelo (admin) says:

      If its the wrong season it might not work as well or at all.
      Not sure why you would want to regrow annual vegetables to be honest with you, though kids enjoy activities such as regrowing carrots from carrot tops.

  24. Marian Woronowicz says:

    Two years ago I found frost resistant two trees of full flower Hibiscus on Staten Island in NY.
    They are growing on North service road of SI Expressway after you exit on Bradley Avenue.
    I took semi ripe cuttings in end of July and after treating them with root hormone I planted all in pots on shady roof under plastic cover. When I took cuttings I had to remove huge amount of flower buds.
    About 50 % cuttings got roots and last year all my plants grow nice to 20″. This year I watched my babies closely and every week I removed plenty buds to allow plants become stronger and run them as small trees. I trimmed side shoots to keep just one trunk which on most of them are almost 36″ tall now. Each plant was tested with single bud allowing to flower and open up to see quality and color. I was so happy to see two plants with white flowers (slightly pinky smudges) and five with dark red. Flowers were bigger than 2 ” in diameter and center filled with extra petals similar to roses. That is my big achievement.

    Now I am on hunt for cones and seeds of Cedar Libani, Cedar Atlas (Atlantica) and Cedar Deodara, Italian Stone Pine, Korean Pine and Cedrus Siberica (proper name Pine Siberica).
    The last three are commercial producers of edible pine nuts. Korean ones has beautiful bluish/purple cones standing on branches resembling real Cedar.
    If you guys see Cedar tree in wipping form as Pendula you will fall in love with them.

  25. Martha Hammonds says:

    The tops of my Chinese elm cuttings are a little droopy. I used rooting hormone and have them in a bag. They look pretty good except for the droop.

  26. Dr. Jaffar almahdi says:

    This is best reading I found on propagation ….however you dnt speak of orchids propagation
    Sorry to disturb you
    Dr. Jaffar almahdi

  27. Katherine Warren says:

    When there are some new leaves and the cuttings are ready to move into a pot, how careful do you need to be with the roots? Obviously the medium they are in initially doesn’t have enough nutrient to keep the plant going for very long, so do you move them to potting mix or something similar as you you would “prick out” a seedling or do you take the initial medium with it and put it all in to the new pot?

    1. Angelo (admin) says:

      I make sure that the cuttings have put on a lot of new growth and have reasonably strong root systems before repotting them. Usually I check to see if the rots are poking out of the drainage holes, or if the pot feels firm from the root system expanding through the medium. I’ve found that if you repot cuttings too early, the root systems can be very small and delicate, making them more vulnerable to shock or physical damage.

  28. Pierre says:

    Hello, very interesting !
    It will be nice to know your opinion, how to propagate the black berry from cuttings.

    1. Angelo (admin) says:

      Hi Pierre, to propagate blackberries, you can take dormant cuttings about 20cm (8″) long in late winter and push them 2/3 into the ground, leaving the top 1/3 with the tip end above the ground. During spring they will put out leaves and roots.
      An even easier method which works great when the plant is growing is layering, Take a long cane that touches the ground, and bury the end in the soil, leaving a length of the tip poking out. Secure it into the soil by pinning it down with a U-shaped wire irrigation or weedmat pin, or weigh it down with a rock or brick to hold it in place. When blackberry stems are buried in the soil they will sprout roots. After several weeks you can dig out the rooted branch and cut it from the parent plant.

      1. Pierre says:

        Thanks a lot Angelo!

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