Grow from a Softwood Cutting

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lavender softwood cutting
A softwood cutting is a shoot terminal with the growing tip intact. They are mostly taken very early in the season before there is any sign of hardening in the new shoot. They can take about 4 - 8 weeks to root and herbaceous plants (those plants that die down in winter) are usually best propagated by taking 8 - 10cm softwood cuttings in Spring. They include: Chrysanthemum, Fuschia, Dahlia, Hydrangea, Impatiens, Pelargonium and geranium. However, in this how-to guide, we took softwood cuttings from lavender which is not a herbaceous plant.
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1. Gather your gear

gather your gear
You will need the following: - Secateurs - Hormone powder Nr. 1 - Existing lavender plant - Terracotta Pot - Light and airy soil mixture - Pencil and plant marker

2. Select your cutting

select your cutting
Make sure to collect non-flowering but strong, new shoots early in the day. Cut them in lengths of about 8 - 10cm.

3. Remove leaves

remove leaves
Remove the leaves from the bottom half of ever cutting.

4. Apply hormone powder

apply hormone powder
User hormone powder nr.1 for softwood cuttings. Firstly wet the wounded bottom area and then dip it into the dry hormone powder in order for it to stick to the cutting. *Tip: Add a little bit of hormone powder in the cap of the hormone powder container in order to refrain from getting water in the main container as well as avoid unnecessary contamination.

5. Plant the cutting

plant the cutting
Now it is time for the fun part. Time for planting! Press the cutting a third to half-way into a well-drained soil mixture which contains enough sand. *A good tip here is to use a 50:50 mix of Vermiculite and sand.

6. Give water

give water
Water your newly planted cutting well with a soft rose nozzle on a daily basis for the first two weeks and less after that.

7. Cover your pot

cover your pot
Use a plastic bottle but in half, a glass dome or even just a plastic bag to cover the pot/tray. This will ensure extra humidity whilst the cutting are rooting.

8. Take note

take note
It is always wise to make note of the date that you planted the cutting together with the specific name and cultivar of the cutting.
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