6 Steps to Taking Perfect Cuttings

Theres nothing more rewarding than growing your plants from seeds or cuttings. Cuttings propagation is the process of growing a plant from a stem or root that has been cut from another plant. It’s basically an easy way of growing free new plants from old plants, meaning you can restock your garden for free!

Grow new plants from existing ones with our Hydropod Cuttings Propagator.

The Hydropod makes it quick and easy to restock your garden from cuttings because it maintains perfect moisture levels and prevents root rot and fungal infections.

Steps to taking perfect cuttings


Check out our video on how to use the Hydropod Mist Cuttings Propagator

That reminds me, what types of plants can I grow from cuttings?

Cuttings propagation works well with a large variety of plants. Propagating from cutting generally doesn’t work on bulb plants like garlic or chives, and grasses or annuals. Those are best propagated by division or seed.

However, some examples of plants you could grow from cuttings very well in the Hydropod include herbs such as:

    • Lavender
    • Rosemary
    • Thyme
    • Oregano
    • Mint
    • Basil
    • Sage

Some of our Gardening Angels favourite flowers to grow in the cutting propagator include

    • Fuchsias
    • Bidens
    • Chrysanthemums
    • Dahlias
    • Petunias
    • Surfinias
    • Calibrachoa
    • Bacopa

What’s wrong with just growing cuttings in water? Why do I need a cuttings propagator?

Well, some of the problems people most commonly face when growing from cuttings can include not enough light, the wrong type of compost and watering incorrectly. These all result in your cuttings being less than healthy, with a greatly increased risk of damping off, drying out and fungal infections. A cuttings propagator helps keep your cutting healthy, to get them off to a much better start.

How does the Hydropod Cuttings Propagator work?

The Hydropod works by misting the plants so that they have constant access to water and oxygen. This means that the mist creates an environment with the perfect balance of water and oxygen so the roots don’t get dry out and nor do they succumb to rot. There’s also no soil in a Hydropod so there’s no risk from soil-borne pathogens - the roots grow faster and stronger because they have access to everything they need.

What Temperature Should My Propagator Be Set To?

The correct consistent temperature can help cuttings to root quicker. Unless the species of plant you are rooting specifically requires high temperatures, 18°C will be sufficient. You can also add an optional heater to our Hydropod Cuttings Propagator to ensure the reservoir doesn’t get too cold at night.

Do I need to do anything special to get my cuttings ready for a Hydropod?

Not really, just prepare cuttings carefully as we discussed before. Then slide the cutting into the Hydropod’s sponge disc using the slit to avoid damaging the cutting. At least 2cm of the stem should show below the sponge.

Then you just place the sponge disc on top of the lip of the cuttings tray and pop the propagator lid in place. Switch the propagator on and let it do its magic!

Do I need to use nutrients in the Hydropod?

No, our Gardening Angels have had great success simply using tap water. There’s no need to use rooting hormone in the propagator, as it will be washed off by the misting.

If you want to get your cuttings off to an even better start though, you could use our Aztec Gold organic plant treatments…..

The Revive plant tonic spray is a 100% all-natural booster containing humic and fulvic acids which stimulate the growth of new shoots.  Spray it on to the plants you want to take cuttings from  7 days before taking cuttings and you’ll have lots of new shoots to use as cuttings.

Why not try our Root Magic planting out granules? They contain Mychorrizae which extends root zones by 700x. This helps the roots to access water and nutrients from much further away which helps the plant to get established quickly and be more resistant to drought.