Saving money when it comes to gardening can be difficult. Fortunately, with the right know-how, savings a-plenty can be had. Of course, this means you are then free to dither and dally over our fantastic range of garden products so you can splash out guilt-free…

In all seriousness, knowing how to grow from seed and propagate from your existing plants are foolproof methods of getting the most bang for you gardening buck. Why fork out year after year for bedding plants when you can grow them from seed for next to nothing? Simple!

So, with this in mind, in this post we’re looking at how to propagate from your existing plants.

Lots of plants can be propagated from cuttings, some more easily than others. For example, shrubs,

Firstly, a word of warning: make sure the plant you are taking the cutting from is nice and healthy and free from obvious signs of disease.


Look for a nice shoot of the plant that doesn’t have any flower buds. Do make sure the section you want to take has leaves as then the plant can continue to photosynthesise. With a sharp knife, cut this stem free from the plant at a 45-degree angle close to a leaf joint. Remove the lowest set of leaves and dip into rooting gel or powder. Plant the cutting in a 50/50 mix of cuttings compost and grit – or vermiculite. Once the cutting has developed roots of its own, you can re-pot in moist compost and wait for Mother Nature to work her magic. Clematis, and geranium are perfect plants to practice you’re new found skills on as they grow really well from cuttings.

 Propagate plants

Shrubs - Hard Wood Cuttings

You can use a similar technique for taking hard-wood cuttings with just a little extra focus. This time, after you’ve taken the initial cutting, strip a little of the wood covering before you add the rooting hormone. Hard-wood cuttings can be grown outside or in a cold frame depending on the time of year. If there is still a risk of frost, the cold frame will be the best place. Lavender works really well as a cutting and is a good one to start with if you are a beginner.

Growing Tips

Make sure all your cuttings are kept in warm conditions, either indoors or a heated greenhouse (depending on the time of year). It can also help the process along if you try to keep them in humid conditions either with specialist equipment or a simple plastic bag placed over the top of your cutting container.

You can normally tell when rooting has taken place as the cutting’s leaves will appear to have perked up and will look a bit more healthy.

So, there you have it. A nice, easy way to get more from your garden with your own fair hands, almost free of charge. Now, where is that Garden Design website… I was just thinking about that lovely planter…