How to Propagate Semi-Woody Cuttings


The process of plant propagation can take several forms. Propagate cuttings with either herbaceous, soft-wood, semi-hardwood or hardwood cuttings. Semi-hardwood cuttings are those taken from the current year's growth, just after the growing season, in mid-summer to early fall. Many shrubs and conifers are propagated via semi-hardwood cuttings.

Step 1

Cut a healthy branch from the plant. Horticulturists at North Carolina State University suggest that you choose a lateral branch, rather than a terminal branch. This would be a branch that is growing off the side of a main branch. If the cutting has leaves, remove all but two or three at the top.

Step 2

Fill the planting pot with equal parts of coarse sand and peat moss. Moisten the soil until the water runs out of the bottom of the pot. Using your finger or a pencil, poke a hole for the cutting.

Step 3

Dip the bottom one inch of the cutting into the rooting hormone. Tap the cutting on the side of the jar to remove any excess powder or liquid.

Step 4

Insert the cutting into the planting hole and pack the soil around it. If there are nodes or buds on the cutting, bury at least two of them below the surface of the soil.

Step 5

Place the cutting in the plastic bag and seal the top. Place it in an area that receives lots of light, but no direct sun. Check the planting medium periodically to make sure it remains moist.

Step 6

Remove the potted cutting from the bag when new growth appears.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Planting pot
  • Coarse sand
  • Sphagnum peat moss
  • Rooting hormone
  • Plastic bag, transparent


  • North Carolina State University: Plant Propagation by Stem Cuttings
  • North Dakota State University: Home Propagation Techniques
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