In a pot
1 Choose your cutting material well, selecting healthy, pencil-thick shoots (25-30cm long) and make a cut above a bud, or pair of buds, at the top and below a bud at the bottom. 2 Choose a pot at least 23cm in diameter, put drainage material, such as coarse gravel, in the bottom, then fill it to within 2-3cm of the rim with peat-free multi-purpose compost that has added extra sharp sand. The gap will allow for subsequent watering and the sand will help to prevent waterlogging in wet weather. 3 Insert the cuttings to two thirds of their length, the right way up. Space them 8-10cm apart around the edge of the pot, where drainage will be swift. Position the pot in a sheltered spot. Protect it from severe weather by moving it alongside the house or into a cold frame, and never allow the compost to dry out completely.
Insert the cuttings around the edge of the pot – the most free-draining area