Try everything! Most plants can be propagated by this method. Easy ones are tradescantia, pelargonium, box, hebe, honeysuckle and euonymus. Experiment too with your favourite wild plants. If the cuttings are not going to be used immediately, put them into a plastic bag to conserve moisture. Tie the top of the bag securely so that no air gets in. The longer you leave the cuttings like this however, the less the chances of success.
Fill small containers, such as yoghurt cartons which have drainage holes with potting compost. Water well and leave for a while to drain. Make a hole in the compost with a pencil. Hold a cutting by the leaves and insert it in the compost. Firm it in gently and leave it in a warm place out of the way of direct sunshine. Make sure to label each one.
Node A knuckle on the stem where side shoots join it. Heel Cutting A side shoot that is pulled off the stem of a parent plant with tissue at the end resembling a heel.
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