Propagating Heel Cuttings
- Select side shoot with a swollen base (1) as this contains a concentration of growth hormones that assists rooting.
In the case of flowering types, select a non-flowering shoot.
- Pull off the shoot from the parent plant (2) by pulling outwards and downwards so that you fetch away a small heel of bark (3).
Tug sharply rather than peeling off the cutting.
Take care not to strip away bark from the parent plant, as this could encourage infection.
- Trim away any excess, damaged plant tissue and long tails of bark (4).
- Using a clean sharp knife, carefully cut off the leaves from the lower half of the cutting's stem (5).
- Dip the bottom 25mm (1") of the cutting into hormone rooting powder to help to prevent fungicidal attack and assist rooting.
- Make a planting hole in a small pot of cuttings compost, and gently push the cutting into the compost.
- Water the cutting in then cover the pot with a clear plastic bag.
To prevent the plastic bag touching the foliage form a rib cage with wire or split cane around the cutting.
- Place the cutting in a propagator or warm area where it gets bright light, but not direct sunlight.