Softwood Cuttings – Early Spring / Summer

Many plants – such as fuschsias – may be propagated from softwood cuttings.  Do this in spring and summer.

  • Collect non-flowering shoots, which root more readily (or remove any buds).
  • Remove shoots up to 4 inches (10 cm) long, cutting off the stem above a bud on the parent plant.
  • Place cuttings in a plastic bag and store in the fridge for a few days if you cannot prepare immediately.
  • Trim the cutting to below a set of leaves.
  • Remove lower leaves and dip the base of the cutting into hormone rooting powder or liquid.
  • Insert cuttings into pots of cutting compost (half multipurpose, half grit), label and water.  Use a stick to create the space rather than stressing the cutting.
  • 9 cm (3 1/2 inch) pots take 3 cuttings.
  • Place pots in a closed propagator with bottom heat or cover with a plastic bag and place somewhere warm indoors.  Remove plastic or air propagator at least twice a week for 10 minutes to ventilate.
  • Cuttings need good daylight but not direct sunlight.
  • Keep soil moist until cuttings are well-rooted (in about 4-10 weeks).