THE CUT

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GREEN UP YOUR GAFF

SUMMER CUTTINGS: BE SAGE AND TAKE YOUR THYME

20th July 2018

Words by Jessica Peace

Your sage and thyme can handle ‘softwood’ cuttings, perfect time to chop’em now.

SOFTWOOD CUTTINGS

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A little tricky - just follow us …


Think ‘SOFT WOOD’, grab a bunch of NEW GROWTH.

CUT EARLY in the morning when the plant is ‘turgid’ - pumped full of water (what a word).


Your cuts want to be around 5-10 cm.

Like HARDWOOD CUTTINGS’, you want to SNIP BENEATH THE NODE (knobbly bit) where those growth hormones are raging.


REMOVE BOTTOM FOLIAGE to about a third up.

FILL your pot HALF COMPOST/HALF GRIT.

SHOVE STEM IN to just below the foliage.

PLONK in a warm spot OUT OF direct sunlight.

KEEP MOIST.

Give it 2 MONTHS and you’ll have made plant babies.