How to Grow a Plant From a Clipping


Grow plants from clippings, or cuttings, instead of planting seeds. In the clipping process, gardeners snip off a small section of a plant and place it into the soil to grow. This can be done any time of the year where the plant is healthy and growing. Knowing how to grow a plant from clippings will give you another weapon in your planting arsenal, allowing for more diversity in how you approach your gardening.

Step 1

Select a healthy, hearty plant for taking clippings and water it the night before.

Step 2

Take the clipping in the morning, when the plant is fresh.

Step 3

Select growth that's not too old and woody, but also isn't newly sprouted. This will give you the best chances of rooting. The exact age of the plant depends on the variety, but generally take clippings from plants a couple of years old.

Step 4

Cut the stems down to the branch, slicing at an angle. The clippings should be at least a few inches in length, and should possess several leaves. Place your clippings in a bucket of water if taking several at one time to keep them fresh.

Step 5

Plant your clipping, cut side down, into moist, sterile potting soil in small pots. Dip the cut end in rooting hormone, if you prefer, before inserting the clipping. Bury half to two-thirds of the clipping in the soil.

Step 6

Place your clippings in indirect sun, with good shade. Ensure that the soil remains moist but not soggy. Gently mist the cuttings whenever the temperature reaches 90 degrees F or warmer.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp knife or shears
  • Pots
  • Soil
  • Rooting hormone


  • North Carolina State University: Plant Propagation by Stem Cuttings
  • The University of Rhode Island: Propagating House Plants by Cutting
Keywords: growing from clippings, taking cuttings, propagating clippings

About this Author

Mark Rhyman has been working as a freelance writer since 2005. His work has appeared in numerous online and print publications, such as "Kotori" magazine and "Inside Lacrosse." He has his bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in creative writing from the State University of New York at Brockport.