A Cut Above
Cuttings can be taken from your pinks any time between march and august. select strong, non-flowering shoots and tug them gently from the main plant – the shoot should break easily at a leaf joint, leaving you with four pairs of leaves. alternatively trim the stem with a very sharp clean knife just below the leaf joint or node, so that you are left with a cutting 7-12cm long.
Insert them around the edge of a clay pot filled with gritty compost. aim to fit as many cuttings in the pot as possible without them touching, then keep them uncovered in a shaded cold frame to root.
Check the cuttings daily, and although they must never be overwatered, they should never be allowed to dry out either. after they’ve rooted, which usually takes about two to three weeks, they can be potted on, hardened off and pinched out to make them bushy, before planting them out in the garden.
Pinks can also be grown from seed, provided they are started in the warmth indoors, then transplanted after the danger of frost has passed.
Keep your cuttings in a shaded spot