This method is applied when taking cuttings from Carnations and Pinks.
Cuttings may be taken when the plant is still flowering providing you select non- flowering shoots.
The cutting is taken by gripping the tip of a non flowering shoot and pulling it firmly upwards to break it out of the leaf joint below.
Remove the lower leaves,and dip the end of the cutting in rooting powder/gel (optional) then insert it vertically in pots/trays filled with moist seed/cutting compost.
Place the pot / tray in a warm place, preferably with bottom heat.
A soil temperature of around 16°C (60°F) and a minimum air temperature of 4°C (40°F) is ideal.
Give the cuttings plenty of light, but ensure that they are not scorched by direct sunlight.
Do not let the compost dry out, regular spraying (misting) with either fresh water or a fungicide mixture will prevent dehydration.
A sign that they have rooted is when the growing tip is a fresh green colour.
Pot on into 75 mm (3") pots of potting compost when rooted.