How to Propagate from your Garden

Expanding your garden with existing plant stock to gift and share is a gardeners joy

Propagating from stem cutting:

  • take heels from plants like basil, pineapple sage and lemon verbena with at least 4 – 6 nodes
  • remove bottom set of leaves – new roots often develop from this area
  • cut tips off removing all flowers
  • dip planting end into organic honey –  it will seal the open cut
  • use pencil to make hole in planter, plant in soil mixture of organic potting soil and vermiculite

    Mint sends roots down easliy when standing in water
    Mint sends roots down easliy when standing in water
  • firm around the cutting
  • placein hot spot with good light
  • water with weak solution of seaweed tea to encourage root growth and strengthen cells
  • ready to plant out when top growth is well developed


Growing new plants from cuttings in water

  • take cuttings from any of the mints, basil or Silvia family
  • place is glass jars on sunny windowsill
  • replace the water two or three time  a week
  • when a good root system has developed plant our in position in the garden

Propagating from  root division from plant clumps like lambs tongue, chives and garlic chives:

  • digging up a mature plant
  • gently pull apart of cut when necessary till you have individual plants
  • pot or replant in position

Propagating by taking side shoots off the “mother plant” like feverfew, pineapple sage, aloe vera and carnations:

  • gently remove the new young plants
  • dip into honey

    Beautiful rosemary perfect fro layering
    Beautiful rosemary perfect for layering
  • plant into potting mixture
  • water with seaweed tea
  • plant out into garden when established


Propagating by layering in situation with plants like rosemary, lavender and nasturtiums:

  • laying a branch on top of the soil
  • secure in position to hold it down with a pin /small stone
  • cover completely  with soil.
  • It puts down roots in a short while and you have baby plants to plant out

All you need to get started:

  1. small jar of organic honey
  2. compost from your compost heap
  3. bag of organic potting oil
  4. recycled pots, empty toilet rolls or hand made paper pots
  5. clean sharp secateurs and good clean sharp knife
  6. watering can with flower nozzle
  7. a dibber (pencil or chop stick)

General tips to consider:

Nasturtiums are easy to propagate
Nasturtiums are easy to propagate
  1. timing
  2. temperature
  3. moisture
  4. hygiene

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“In gardening,  one’s staunchest ally is the natural lust for life each plant has, that strong current which surges through everything that grows” Jean Hersey