The Japanese privet is a shrub available in dwarf varieties for use as a low-growing hedge. The privet shrub is native to Japan but will grow in USDA growing Zones 8 to 10 as it will grow in areas with mild winters. Japanese privet is easily propagated through softwood cuttings taken from new growth in the months of June and July.
Take a softwood cutting that is 4 to 6 inches in length from the current season of growth. Use a clean, sharp knife and make a slanted cut below a leaf node.
Place the cutting in a plastic bag to retain stem moisture before potting.
Create a rooting medium by mixing equal quantities of perlite, vermiculite and peat moss. Lightly moisten the mixture with water. Fill a rooting tray or 3-inch-diameter plastic potting container with the mixture.
Remove the leaves from the lower 1/3 to 1/2 of the cutting.
Dip the cut end into the rooting hormone and gently tap the cutting to remove excess hormone.
Stick the cut end 1/3 to 1/2 the length into the rooting medium. Gently firm the medium around the cutting to hold it in place.
Place a clear plastic cover or plastic bag over the cutting and container to hold moisture and humidity in the rooting area.
Place the cutting in an indoor area with indirect sunlight.
Monitor the cuttings to prevent drying of the medium during the rooting process. Mist the medium with water if required.
Gently pull on the cutting to see if there is resistance from root growth. Transplant the cuttings to a larger potting container filled with growing medium if roots are established. The potting container should be large enough to accommodate additional root growth.