How to take softwood penstemon cuttings

Do it:

Jun, Jul, Aug

Takes just:

15 minutes

Summer is an ideal time to take softwood cuttings from penstemons. These will root quickly to give you new plants for next year's border. Select non-flowering shoots from the plants, cutting them off first thing in the morning.

Discover how to take penstemon cuttings, below.

You will need

Penstemon plant

Secateurs

Multi-purpose compost

10cm pot

Clear polythene bags

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Use sharp secateurs to cut just below a leaf joint, about 10cm from the tip of your shoot. Then, strip off the lower leaves.

Insert the cuttings into compost next to the sides of the pot, where it's warmer.

Water well and keep the cuttings in humid conditions, such as inside a plastic bag.

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