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Preparing to take plant stem cuttings in fall with hand pruners, rooting hormone, and a small pot filled with potting soil to root plant stems. Also a second picture with freshly taken hydrangea stem cuttings.

Today’s Topic: 

7 Fall Stem Cuttings to Take Right Now!

In this podcast, you’ll learn which perennial and annual plants you can take stem cuttings from to create new plants to add to your garden.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Which 7 perennials and annual plants to take cuttings from this fall.
  • Below ⬇⬇⬇ how to take each cutting and how to overwinter.
  • Resources and links for more information.

Resources:

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7 Fall Stem Cuttings to Take Right Now

It’s fall and there are a lot of tasks to get done this fall.

One thing you might not have thought of is that fall is great time to propagate certain plants.

Yes, it’s true! Certain plants this time of year have soft or even semi-hardwood stems that are perfect for taking fall cuttings.

With the proper technique and treatments, you can make new plants from the plants you already have in your garden.

Each plant below can have stem cuttings taken and planted in potting soil or other rooting soil (specialized or not) and with rooting hormone (untreated cuttings mentioned below for rooting).

  • Stripping of leaves away from stem of all stem cuttings will be necessary for portion of stem placed in soil. You can use micro-snips or hand pruners to do this, or strip with finger tips.
  • Keep all these cuttings under frost free conditions above freezing temps and protected. Heating mat with 65+F is helpful for rooting.
  • Light is needed, but more partial shade and not intense heat, so either natural or artificial lighting.

Here are 7 plants you can propagate by taking stem cuttings this fall and how to take them:

  1. Lavender

    • Take stem cuttings, of 6+ inches, after the plant is done flowering in the fall. Be sure that there is some semi-hardwood at the base of each stem. Strip leaves off taken cuttings to only leave top most leaves about 1-2 inches down from the stem tip. Rooting hormone helps, but untreated stems in potting soil will yield roots with in 6-7 weeks.
    • Here is how we took our lavender cuttings.
    • Water, but can let soil dry out between waterings.
  2. Coleus

    • Take soft tissue cuttings from newest growth, 4-6 inches long, with healthy leaves and stem bud at tip. Make sure to have at least 2-sets of leaves along stem that can be planted below in soil. Cut away leaves and leaf stems from main cutting stem to then plant in potting soil. Treating with rooting hormone isn’t necessary as Coleus will easily root, but you are welcome to do it.
    • Keep watering regularly to keep moisture around stems, but don’t over water. Let soil drain and watch for top of soil to start to dry, then water.
  3. Hydrangea

    • Take soft stem cuttings with buds on ends about 6+ inches long and having at least two leaves at base of stem cutting. Keep only two leaves at the top of the stem and remove all other leaves. You can treat each stem with rooting hormone, but cuttings will still root if untreated.
    • Here is how we took our hydrangea cuttings.
    • Keep watering regularly to keep moisture around stems, but don’t over water. Let soil drain and watch for top of soil to start to dry, then water.
  4. Geranium

    • Take stem cuttings of new growth of 4-8 inches long and having new healthy leaves at top of stem. Keep only two leaves at the top of the stem and remove all other leaves. You can treat each stem with rooting hormone, but cuttings will still root if untreated.
    • Water irregularly as geraniums are susceptible to pythium and botrytis infections. Let soil dry before watering.
  5. Fuchsia

    • Take stem cuttings of new growth with semi-woody tissue at base about 4-6 inches long having healthy leaves, stems, and even flowers on stem. Flowers and seed pods should be pinch or pruned off. Strip away all leaves and other stems except 2-4 sets of leaves at very top of stem. You can treat each stem with rooting hormone, but cuttings will still root if untreated.
    • Here is how we took our fuchsia cuttings.
    • Water regularly and give 8-10 hours of light for best results.
  6. Salvia

    • Take stem cuttings of new growth about 6-8 inches in length. Flowers and seed pods should be pinch or pruned off. Strip away all leaves and other stems except 2-4 sets of leaves at very top of stem. You can treat each stem with rooting hormone, but cuttings will still root if untreated.
    • Here is how we took our salvia cuttings.
    • Water regularly, but let soil dry out a little between waterings.
  7. Verbena

    • Take cuttings of new growth with semi-hardwood tissue at base of stem. Stems can be 4-8 inches in length and pinch off any flowers or seed pods. Remove all leaves and other stems except 2 leaves at top of stem. No rooting hormone is needed to grow roots.
    • Water regularly to keep soil moist for best results.

Propagation References:

  • The Complete Book of Plant Propagation. 1997 Arbury, et al.
  • Plant Propagation: Principals and Practices. 1997. 6th Ed. Hartman, et al.

 

Tools and Supplies

Micro-Snips:

Hand Pruners:

Rooting Hormone:

Potting Soil:

Small Pots:

 

 

Again, if you want to learn more about winter pruning, register now for our winter pruning do’s and don’ts webinar and find out what plants can be cut back this winter! Go to www.spokengarden.com/winterpruningwebinar to register now! 

 

 

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Learn which seven perennials and annuals you can take cuttings from this fall on this quick garden minute podcast.