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Propagating plants? Just make the cut

Today, you can find just about any plant type in your plant shop. According to the variety or variegation of the plant, it can be quite costly to purchase plants in quantities, especially if you are planning your own landscape project. It is very simple to propagate plants at your home using the method of ‘cuttings’.

‘Cuttings’ is an asexual propagation method which involves rooting a severed piece of the parent plant which regenerates itself and creates a whole new plant.

Different species of plants require a specific method of preparing cuttings. The four types of cuttings are ‘root cuttings’ (taken from the root), ‘leaf cuttings’ (taken from sections or a whole leaf), ‘leaf-bud cuttings’ (removing a leaf with petiole and a short piece of stem) and ‘stem cuttings’ (part of the stem taken detached from a main branch).

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