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. Practice the basics of rooting softwood cuttings with our step-by-step advice and you'll be able to use these skills for more complex cuttings. 10cm flower potCuttings compostPerlite (optional)Sharp knifeRooting hormone liquid (optional)Polythene bag
knife to trim them.Replant healthy rhizomes about 12cm apart with the leaves facing towards the sun. Make a shallow hole and half bury the rhizome, giving it a firm push to bed it in - they like to bake in the sun, so don't bury them too deep.AdamIt's a
of the stem.About 15cm from the shoot tip, make a nick using a sharp knife on the underside of the branch - aim to cut just halfway through the stem. Dust the area with hormone rooting powder.Dig a shallow hole at the point where the stem touches the ground
will form at the end that was furthest away from the parent plant, so this end should sit in the bottom of the planting hole.More advice on propagating plantsCarol Klein's video guide to taking basal cuttingsSarah Raven gives instruction on taking dahlia
Roses can be grown successfully from cuttings and will grow on to make good flowering plants. Choose healthy stems of the current season's growth and follow our step-by-step advice to be sure of success. Roots will be produced over the winter months so that the rose cuttings can ...
and shrubs. If you're new to gardening, limit yourself to growing one or two types of annuals. Sow about 20 seeds to see how you get on. You can always sow more a week or two later.SeedsSeed compost Seed trays or potsPlant labelsPencil or waterproof pen
The warmth of spring and summer allows you to sow vegetable seeds outdoors in the soil. Here they'll quickly germinate to produce crops to enjoy this season. Try easy-to-grow salads such as radish, spring onion and salad bowl lettuce. You can also use this technique to grow flowe...
.Verbena plantsSharp knife10cm potsFree-draining compost (multi-purpose and perlite mix - see Adam's tip)Rooting hormone (liquid or powder)Clear polythene bags and rubber bandsJuly - September45 minutesTake cuttings in the morning when shoots are at their firmest
boardPotsFree-draining compost, equal parts multi-purpose and perliteClear polythene bagsJune - September1 hourRemove a healthy leaf, lay it on the cutting board and, using a clean, sharp knife, cut it into pieces the size of a large stamp. Each portion
out into separate pots and growing on.More on fruits and propagating from seedsGrowing tomatoes from seed, with advice from Joe Swift.Monty Don on pricking out seedlings.Saving seeds.Raising new strawberry plants.Browse a variety of plants with berries