Taking cuttings for autumn
There is a cutting for every season, and autumn is when we take and pot up hardwood cuttings.
These are taken from trees, shrubs, fruit bushes and roses in late autumn and winter when the plants are dormant and the wood mature.
The cuttings are rooted in gritty compost and overwintered in a frostfree greenhouse or cold frame. Alternatively, you can set them in the soil in a sheltered area of the garden where they won’t be disturbed.
Hardwood cuttings take around a year to root and grow and 12 months after they were taken you can either pot them up individually or dig up and plant them where you want them to grow.
Although it is a lengthy process, it is one of the easiest ways of propagating plants and I’ll be showing you how to do it in more detail over the coming months.