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How to grow pinks from cuttings


Summer is the ideal time for taking cuttings, as plant cells divide quickly, promoting root growth. Propagating plants by cuttings is an easy and cheap way of replacing straggly, old plants.

For best results, take cuttings first thing in the morning when the plants are less likely to wilt, and pot them up as soon as you can, keeping them out of strong sunlight.

How to do it

Harvesting shoots to propagate

1 Snip 10cm lengths from the tops of healthy, non-flowering shoots and pinch off all the leaves from the bottom half.

Trimming off the bottom of the cutting with a knife

2 Use a sharp knife to trim the stem just below a bud.

Pushing the cuttings into the compost

3 Push the cuttings into pots filled with cuttings compost. Position them around the edge for best results.

Watering the cuttings

4 Water the cuttings well and cover with a plastic bag. After a few weeks, when the cuttings are growing strongly, pot each one up individually to grow on.

Our tip

Other plants to take softwood cuttings from include potentilla, hydrangea, forsythia, philadelphus and fatsia.
Uncover the cuttings every few days. This will allow fresh air to circulate the plants and reduce the risk of fungal infection. When new leaves start to grow, leave the cover off permanently.

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daphnemcf 24/11/2011 at 15:29

wrong heading so impossible to find

ablas 24/11/2011 at 15:29

worked fine for me and all cuttings are well rooted first time I have ever tried taking cuttings,fair pleased

Suziepo 08/08/2014 at 21:41

When do you plant pinks out if you have new plants.

nutcutlet 08/08/2014 at 21:45

Are these plants you've grown from cuttings or mature plants you've bought?

Jilly6 03/09/2014 at 19:49

My cuttings of garden pinks have taken and been potted on. When do I plant them out?

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