Outdoor Plants You Can

Propagate From Cuttings

If you want to fill in empty places in your shady bed with annuals, keep in mind that Busy Lizzy is among the easiest of plants to propagate.

2. Busy Lizzy (Impatiens)

For deciduous dogwood shrubs, take short softwood cuttings about 2 inches long in spring at about the time you see small pores forming on the shoots.

3. Dogwood (Cornus)

Because gardenias don’t like having their roots disturbed, give each cutting its own small pot or cell of soil rather than crowding them together in one container.

5. Gardenia

If treated with rooting hormone, most jasmines can root within a month from softwood or semi-ripe cuttings.

7. Jasmine (Jasminum)

Avoid the most difficult-to-root types, such as Magnolia campbellii and M. macrophylla.

8. Magnolia

Since it’s a good idea to cut back the plants in early summer, anyway, that’s a good time to stick some of your trimmings in damp soil or perlite to root within 3 to 4 weeks.

9. Mum (Chrysanthemum)

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