Step by Step Guides

How to to propagate perennials
Written by Andrea DeLong-Amaya/Julie Krosley photographs by In Churl Yo.
Adapted from Native Plants Magazine Fall 2004 VOL. 21, NO. 1.

Step 1

Collect the necessary tools, including rooting medium, a container with drainage, sharp pruners, and rooting hormone.


Step 2

Select 3- to 6-inch-long tips from stems and keep them shaded, cool, and immersed in water until ready for processing.


Step 3

Strip away the bottom inch of leaves on the stem and remove buds or blooms. Make final fresh cut at a 45-degree angle.


Step 4

Apply powdered or liquid rooting hormone per directions. Experiment with different rooting hormones for best results.


Step 5

Place cutting in rooting medium. Cover with ventilated plastic to keep humidity high and place in indirect sunlight.


Step 6

Most plants root in 5-30 days. Plant cuttings into potting soil or directly in the ground. Keep moist until roots are established.

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