Take hardwood cuttings of deciduous woody plants (such as roses, figs, kiwi fruit, grapevine, hydrangea, wisteria) from early to mid winter.
1. Fill clean pots with a commercial propagating medium or well-drained potting mix plus one-third sharp/propagating sand. Moisten thoroughly.
2. Choose stems of pencil thickness or more if possible. Each cutting should have at least three nodes (where leaves/buds emerge).
3. Make cuttings about 15-20cm long using sharp, clean secateurs. For tip cuttings, cut just below a node. For cuttings along stems, make lower cuts just below nodes, upper cuts just above nodes.
4. Poke holes in the mix with a pencil. Dip the cutting in honey, then insert into a hole and firm, ensuring one or more nodes lie both above and below the surface.
5. Keep damp, but not wet, until roots form then pot up.
Helen's 'How-to' appeared in the July/August 2016 issue of Organic Gardener magazine.
By: Organic Gardener
First published: June 2016