How to Take Semi-ripe Cuttings
Given the right conditions and care, plants can be rooted from stem cuttings in spring or summer.
- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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These are gathered later in summer when the bases of the stems are firmer. You can pull off side shoots with a little tear or "heel" of stem, and they will root in about ten weeks, or the following spring. This method is used mainly for evergreen shrubs, like boxwood (Buxus), and woody herbs, such as sage (Salvia).
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Choose a Healthy Stem
Select shoot tips or side shoots that are firm at the base, soft and leafy at the top. Cut just below a leaf joint or gently pull side shoots downward to leave a heel of stem tissue still attached.
Prepare the Stem
Use a sharp, sterilized knife to trim off the soft shoot tip just above a leaf joint. Discard this section. Removing the shoot tip helps reduce moisture loss from the cutting.
Remove Lower Leaves
Remove the leaves and side shoots from the lower half of the cutting, and trim back any heels at the base that are particularly long. If your cutting has no heel, simulate one by cutting a 1-in. slice from one side of the stem.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
© 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited
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