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Propagating Perennials from Stem Cuttings

Stem cuttings refer to both hardwood and softwood cuttings. 

Step 1:  The cutting should be placed in a container filled with water until the propagation process can be started.

Step 2:  Cut the stem just below a node and at a 45 degree angle.  Remove the lower leaves and all flower buds.

Step 3. Place a small amount of rooting hormone with a fungicide** in a zippered storage bag.  Place the stem cuttings in the bag, and make sure the stem is coated with the powder at least up to the first leaf node.

Step 4. Holding the stem cuttings inside the bag, shake off the excess powder, then remove the stem cuttings from the bag (wear rubber gloves, preferably disposable ones).  Avoid getting the hormone on the leaves or upper portion of the stem.

Step 5:  Prepare a clean pot by placing a 1 inch layer of unprocessed sphagnum moss to prevent the soil from being washed out through the holes in the bottom of the pot.  Mix 1 part peat, 1 part vermiculite, 1 part perlite and 1 part good potting soil mix.  Fill the pot with the soil mixture until the pot is about 2/3 full.

Step 6:  Sprinkle the top of the soil with about 1 tablespoon of Soil Moist and stir it into the soil

Pussy Willow with New Leaves


Cutting Stem

Stem being Dusted

Preparing Soil with Soil Moist

*Note:  Includes hardwood and softwood cuttings of house plants,  trees, shrubs and vines

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