Using Stem Cuttings

Materials Needed

Sharp Knife

Rooting Hormone

Box or Container with drainage holes

Pure builder's sand, vermiculite, or perlite

Self-sealing plastic bag

Toothpicks or short twigs

An easy to root perennial such as carnation, begonia, chrysanthemum, or sage

Individual Containers

Potting soil

Step 1

Cut a 4 to 5 inch long stem just below a leaf and remove all but two or three leaves at the top

Step 2

Dip the cut end into rooting hormone

Step 3

Put the cutting in a container or box (the ideal container will have drainage holes) filled with about 3 inches of moistened pure builder's sand, vermiculite, or perlite

Step 4

Slip the container into a self sealing plastic bag. Prop up the bag with toothpick or short twigs so that the plastic doesn't touch the leaves. Seal the bag the minimize water loss, but open it occasionally to let in fresh air

Step 5

Place the covered container in indirect light. When the cuttings are well rooted (4 to 8 weeks), put them into individual containers or potting soil