Taking cuttings

The simplest way to artificially propagate a plant involves taking a cutting. A branch from the parent plant is cut off, its lower leaves are removed and the stem is planted in damp compost.

Plant hormones are often used to encourage new roots to develop. The pot is usually placed in a clear plastic bag at first, to create moist, warm conditions around the cutting. This encourages roots to develop and so a new plant is produced.

A plant cutting is dipped in rooting powder.
A plant cutting is dipped in rooting powder