How to take hardwood cuttings

How to…

Use this method to propagate woody plants such as  willow, dogwoods and soft fruit. 

  • Estimated time: 15 minutes
  • Location: Outdoors & Indoors
  • School term: Late Autumn, Early Spring
  • Level of experience: No experience needed


This method is best from Dec-March before the buds have opened. You will need compost and perlite, labels, tall pots and secateurs. (Ensure there is adult supervision and that gloves are worn.) 

  1. Select the plant material to take your cuttings. The stems should be around pencil thickness.

  2. Choose a stem and where it is pencil thick make a sloping cut above a bud. By doing this it shows which end is the top of the cutting.

  3. Count 3-4 buds down towards the base and make a straight cut across just below a bud. This is the bottom of the cutting.

  4. Mix the compost and perlite and ensure you have written the plant name on the label.

  5. Fill the pot with compost and insert the cuttings until only one bud is showing above the surface. Allow 5-6 cuttings per pot.

  6. Water the cuttings and place them in a polytunnel or sheltered area. Pot them up in separate pots once they have rooted.

Additional information

Look at this link for more details about propagation; click here

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