Why do plants make seeds

Make many out of one: Plant propagation with seeds and cuttings

Your little plant clone: ​​This is how plant propagation works with cuttings

Have you seen a particularly beautiful rhododendron shrub near your neighbor or would you like to raise several offspring from your lush rosemary cane to give away to your friends? Then you can try out plant propagation by cuttings. We have summarized the most important information for you:

• Which plants can be propagated with cuttings?

Basically it is like that Plants that quickly grow new shoots after pruning, for propagation by cuttings. These are, for example, many herbs such as rosemary, sage, thyme, basil, oregano and lemon verbena or perennials such as lilac, hydrangea, viburnum and oleander.

• When should you cut cuttings?

The best time to make several of your favorite plants is at this point Summer months June to August. Because on the one hand it is very important that the cuttings of young shoots be taken. Only they can take root. However, the cuttings must no longer be too soft or too thin. This means that a rosemary cutting, for example, already has a light bark.

• How do I cut a cutting?

The best way to cut a cutting is to go in the morning or in the morning to work. A sharp knife is a must. Cut a stem just below a knot and remove any leaves. Only the top two or three remain on the stem. They feed the plant until it has new roots. Then the cutting is placed in a small pot with potting soil and watered well.

• Which cuttings can be rooted in the water?

Some plants don't need soil to form roots. You can also let the cuttings take root in a small vase. To do this, simply add the cuttings to the base of the leaves in the water, which you should replace weekly. Are particularly suitable for this Rosemary, basil, lemon balm, mint, tarragon, colored nettle, but also for example oleander and other species of ficus.