Semi-ripe cuttings are another good way to create ‘free’ plants for yourself and friends or to sell at fundraising plant fairs. Fuchsias, salvias, pelargoniums and penstemons can all be propagated like this now. Select non-flowering shoots, as these will root more quickly – they need to be firm at the base and still soft at the top – and drop them into a plastic bag while gathering. To pot up, trim them to about 10cm long, cutting the base below a leaf node and removing the side leaves and soft growing tip. Push them around the sides of a pot filled with freedraining potting compost mixed with alpine grit or Perlite and place in a warm, light spot out of direct sunlight. Keep the pot covered with a plastic bag until the cuttings root.