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How to take cuttings from alpines

Many alpine plants can easily be raised from cuttings. Find out how to propagate your own, in our guide.

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Many alpines, such as gentian, flower in spring on last year’s stems, then put on growth for flowering next year. The new shoots that follow make excellent cutting material, and can be placed in a cold greenhouse, or outside in a shady spot, to encourage rooting. To ensure success, be sure that the cuttings don’t dry out.

Find out how to take cuttings from spring-flowering alpines, below.

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You Will Need

  • Spring-flowering alpines
  • Knife
  • Deep 5cm or 8cm pots
  • Horticultural grit
  • Loam topsoil
  • Horticultural sand

Step 1

How to take cuttings from alpines - cutting a piece of root
How to take cuttings from alpines – cutting a piece of root

Detach a non-flowering shoot, with roots, and remove basal foliage, leaving a rosette of foliage at the top.

Step 2

How to take cuttings from alpines - mixing grit, loam and sand to make a free-draining compost
How to take cuttings from alpines – mixing grit, loam and sand to make a free-draining compost

Mix grit, loam and horticultural sand to make a free-draining compost.

Step 3

How to take cuttings from alpines - adding grit around the cutting
How to take cuttings from alpines – adding grit around the cutting

Insert the cutting up to its rosette. Add gritty mulch to the surface to ensure the crown stays dry and doesn’t rot.

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