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Softwood cuttings are taken from the current season's growth. Choose non-flowering side shoots. Use a sharp knife to trim below a single leaf joint or pair of leaves aiming to create a finished cutting of 8cm - 10cm long. Carefully remove any leaves from the bottom half of the cutting.
Mix your compost with equal parts of perlite to make it more aerated. This can encourage quicker rooting.
Although not essential for easy-to-root plants, dipping the base of the cutting into rooting hormone will promote root development. Carefully tap off the excess powder or liquid.
Fill a 10cm pot with cuttings compost, tapping it on the work surface to consolidate it. Insert the base of the cutting into the pot of compost. If you have a 10cm pot you should be able to fit three or four cuttings in it. Try to position cuttings so that their leaves don't touch.
Water the cuttings using a watering can fitted with a rose and allow the excess to drain and the foliage to dry.
Cover the pot with a clear polythene bag held in place with a rubber band around the pot, to keep the compost moist. Place the pot on a well-lit position indoors, but out of direct sunlight. Keep compost moist and your cuttings should root in six to eight weeks.