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Grow from softwood cuttings

A softwood cutting is a shoot terminal with the growing tip intact. They are mostly taken very early in the season before there is any sign of hardening in the new shoot. They can take about 4 - 8 weeks to root and herbaceous plants (those plants that die down in winter) are usually best propagated by taking 8 - 10cm softwood cuttings in Spring. They include: Chrysanthemum, Fuschia, Dahlia, Hydrangea, Impatiens, Pelargonium and geranium. However, in this how-to guide, we took softwood cuttings from lavender which is not a herbaceous plant.
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1. Gather your gear

gather your gear
You will need the following: - Secateurs - Hormone powder Nr. 1 - Existing lavender plant - Terracotta Pot - Light and airy soil mixture - Pencil and plant marker

2. Take note

take note
It is always wise to make note of the date that you planted the cutting together with the specific name and cultivar of the cutting.

Tagged plants


Chrysanthemum spp.

Rose-Scented Pelargonium

Pelargonium graveolens

Black Pelargonium

Pelargonium sidoides

Peppermint-Scented Pelargonium

Pelargonium tomentosum

Garden Dahlias

Dahlia spp.


Hydrangea macrophylla


Impatiens spp.

Some purple Lavandula x intermedia ''Grosso'' flowers in a garden

Lavender 'Grosso'

Lavandula × intermedia 'Grosso'


Begonia spp.


Amelanchier spp.


Weigela spp.

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