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Time for semi-ripe

This time of year is brilliant for propagating a wide range of shrubs from semi-ripe cuttings. To find out all you need to know to do it for yourself, check out our Grower Tips at

Interestingly, old books and sources will tell you that before you start, you have to test the growth first to check that it is semi-ripe. Carefully bend the shoot and if it whips back too quickly or it snaps, then it isn't right. But why bother? Growth in mid-summer is semi-ripe because it's between soft and hard!

So, don't get worked up about when to take your cuttings, don't bother testing it - just get on taking them now, so you'll have lots of new stock to swap and sell.

Comments (3)

  1. Grower

    steve black

    always take more than you need as not all will take ,do you use hormone rooting powder ?

  2. Grower

    Geoff Hodge

    Absolutely, this should be the case with all cuttings - as not all will take - but as some shrubs can be a bit tricky, this is certainly the case with semi-ripe.
    And yes, for those that are a bit tricky, hormone rooting powder or liquid will certainly help.

  3. Grower

    steve black

    Thanks for your reply Geoff

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