How to Propagate with Semiripe Cuttings

Semiripe cuttings are often used to propagate climbers, conifers, tender perennials and shrubs that do not grow well from hardwood cuttings.

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Step 1: Choose a New Shoot

Choose a New Shoot

Choose a New Shoot

When taking cuttings, choose a current season's shoot. Cut it just below the leaf joint.

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Choose a current season’s shoot that is slightly resistant to bending at its base but still soft and green at the tip, and cut it just below a leaf joint.  

Step 2: Trim Off the Top

Trim Off the Top

Trim Off the Top

Trim off the soft top portion of the cutting just above a leaf with a knife. This reduces moisture loss through the soft leaves at the tip.

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Trim off the soft top portion of the cutting just above a leaf using a knife, then discard it. This reduces moisture loss through the soft leaves at the tip.  

Step 3: Make a Shallow Cut

Make a Shallow Cut

Make a Shallow Cut

Make a shallow cut on the stem base. Remove leaves and sideshoots from the lower half of the stem.

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Make a shallow cut 1⁄2 in (1–2 cm) long on one side of the stem base to encourage rooting. Remove the leaves and sideshoots from the lower half of the stem.

Step 4: Dip in Rooting Powder

Rooting Hormone Helps Cutting Grow Roots

Rooting Hormone Helps Cutting Grow Roots

Dip the bottom of the cut branch in rooting hormone or compound. Gently tap excess powder off the stem after dipping it.

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Dip the bottom 1⁄4 in (5 mm) of the cutting in hormone rooting powder, and tap off any surplus. Dust the entire wounded area with the powder.  

Step 5: Insert the Cutting

Insert the Cutting

Insert the Cutting

Insert the cutting up to its lowest leaves in potting mix. Firm in place, label, and water with tap water.

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Insert the cutting up to its lowest leaves in potting mix, or 3 in (8 cm) apart in the soil in a cold frame. Firm in place, label, and water with tap water.  

Step 6: Keep Under Cover

Under Cover

Under Cover

Cover pot with a plastic bag. Hold bag clear from the leaves by inserting sticks into sides of the pot.

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2008, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Place the pot in a lidded propagator, or cover with a plastic bag. Hold the bag clear from the leaves by inserting sticks into the sides of the pot.

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