The experts at Amateur Gardening show you how to propagate shrubs, climbers and woody herfor from semi-ripe cuttings.


Now is the time to propagate shrubs, climbers and woody herbs from semi-ripe cuttings.

This is one of the easier cutting techniques and can be done from June until mid-October, from this season’s growth.

Leaf size determines the way you take your cuttings. For plants, such as choisya, with average sized leaves follow this simple step-by-step:

Step one

Using a sharp knife or secateurs cut a strong and healthy shoot 6-8in (15-20cm) long from the current season’s growth, just above a node (where leaves meet the stem).

Step 1

Step two

Trim the cutting so that it’s 4-6in (10-15cm) long, cutting just below a node at the base. Then remove the soft tip and the lower leaves (leaving two to four sets) on the stem.

Step 2

Step three

Dip the base of the cutting into a rooting compound, shaking off the excess. Insert the cutting in a modular tray or 3in (9cm) pot of seed and cutting compost.

Step 3

Why not try taking semi-ripe cuttings from these plants:


Bougainvillea, Campsis, Clematis, Honeysuckle, Hydrangea petiolaris, Ivy, Jasmine, Passionflower, Solanum, Trachelospermum


Bay, Hyssop, Lavender, Rosemary, Rue, Sage, Thyme


Abelia, Artemisia, Aucuba, Berberis, Buddleja, Buxus, Callicarpa, Camellia, Campsis, Ceanothus, Choisya, Daphne, Escallonia, Euonymus, Fatsia, Hardy fuchsia, Hebe, Syringa


Arbutus, Brachychiton, Cercis, Hazel, Elm, Larch, Magnolia, Picea


Keep cuttings fresh by placing them into a clear plastic bag, with a splash of water until you’re ready to plant them.