Sue Sanderson

Sue Sanderson – our horticulturist expert

Sue Says
June is the perfect time to take some semi-ripe cuttings. Select non-flowering shoots from this year’s growth and gently pull them away from the main stem. Ensure that each cutting has a heel attached (a small piece of bark from the main stem at the base of each cutting). The heel is the point where the new roots will form.

Remove the lower leaves from each cutting, dip the ends in rooting hormone, and then insert them into small pots of well drained, gritty compost. You can root several cuttings in each pot if you insert them around the edge of the pot.

Water the compost and cover the pots with a clear polythene bag to increase humidity around the cuttings. You will need to cut off one corner of the bag just to allow some ventilation. Keep pots of cuttings well shaded. They won’t need watering for a few weeks, but check on them from time to time. They should root in within a few weeks. At this time of the year they could be kept outdoors in a cold frame but you will need to protect the young plants over winter. They should have sufficient root to plant them out next year.

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