Semi-ripe cuttings are made using this year’s stems, when they are woody at the base and soft at the tip.
It’s this hard base that makes the cuttings less likely to rot, and in autumn hormone levels are high, so plants should root and grow well.
Here are seven plants to propagate from cuttings in autumn.
These stunning, pollinator-friendly perennials really earn their keep in the garden. Salvias can suffer in the coldest winters, so take cuttings to ensure you have back up plants should temperatures dip. Take a look at 16 salvias to grow.
These eye-catching perennials have beautiful yellow flowers in the summer months. The flowers and stems turn a golden hue in winter and look gorgeous when touched with frost. Shrubby phlomis, Phlomis fruticosa, is suitable for taking cuttings.
Penstemon cuttings can be taken at several times of year, including spring, late summer and early autumn. This is especially worth doing if you live further north, where winter losses are more likely.
With so many uses, lavender is arguably a garden essential. Propagating lavender from semi-ripe cuttings couldn’t be easier. Just a few of the ways you could use your new plants include creating a lavender bath bag or lavender bath oil.
Aim for mid-autumn
As winter approaches, the stems you need to take cuttings from will be getting firmer and harder. If you leave it too late in autumn, these stems may be too hard to take semi-ripe cuttings. So, aim to have these cuttings done before mid-autumn.