Talk:Cutting (plant)

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Perhaps someone could add a brief how-to for removing said cuttings without maiming the donor plant? It sounds like fun, but I certainly wouldn't want to kill my coworker's plant in the process!

Hi, I've added a step-by-step guide for striking a plant and some additional information. I hope it helps. Sam 21:31, 21 May 2006 (UTC)


I moved this article from Cutting (plant) to Striking because at the time I thought the technical term for propagation by cuttings was "striking". I've been doubting this assertion, though, and looked in one of my horticulture books today and found absolutely no mention of it. A Google search comes up with nothing but this article. Have I made a mistake? I could have sworn I read the term "striking" used in a professional publication but I can't find any mention of it now. Sam 22:37, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

Done. Some tidying up is still required, but I've fixed the double redirs (one) and the disambig notice. Andrewa 14:18, 22 December 2006 (UTC)
Thanks! Sam 15:36, 22 December 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for going so patiently through the proceedures. Makes it so much more pleasant...! Andrewa 08:14, 23 December 2006 (UTC)

Providing the right soil[edit]

A customised pyrolysis unit may be used to generate soil additive and to sterilise the soil

Perhaps this image may be shown ? (eg in gallery, ...)—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 09:22, 22 June 2009

This is a very low quality drawing, has too much text, and doesn't seem particularly relevant to the article. --McGeddon (talk) 12:18, 21 February 2010 (UTC)


Is it just me or does this article read more like a howto guide than a wiki entry? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Alecjw (talkcontribs) 09:28, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

It does, and Wikipedia is clearly against articles written as howto guides. I've copyedited some of it and flagged the worst section - any further editing would be appreciated. --McGeddon (talk) 12:18, 21 February 2010 (UTC)


I just removed the following section from the article, as it was copied verbatim from this webpage: [1] (which, interestingly, was cited as a reference for it.) Such copying goes strictly against Wikipedia policy, as summarized under WP:PLAGIARISM. Note that this is also the section that User:McGeddon tagged as being too much of a how-to.

Using rooting hormone or supplement:

Leaf cuttings: Certain plants, such as African Violet, Geranium, Begonia and others, can be propagated with leaf cuttings. Using a sharp knife, cut off a healthy leaf at the point where it joins the stem. Insert the cut part, called a petiole, into the rooting hormone. Place the end into a small container of light potting soil in which you make a small hole with a pencil.

Making a hole prior to planting assures that the rooting hormone or other substance will not be brushed off the cutting when you plant it. Perlite, vermiculite, and/or water-soaked sphagnum moss can be added to potting soil to make the soil light. Make sure the leaf is leaning slightly so that the new plants will have plenty of light and not be shaded by the leaf.

Stem cuttings: These are treated just like leaf cuttings except you cut off a stem with several leaves instead of just one leaf. Remove the bottom leaves, leaving a few at the top. Proceed as with the leaf cutting.

In both instances, cover the pot with a plastic bag or inverted glass jar. This will keep moisture from evaporating and keep the cutting from wilting. Keep in a warm location with diffused light but out of direct sunlight. When there is indications of growth after about three to six weeks, transplant the new emerging plant into a new pot of potting soil. Continue to keep a humid environment for about two more weeks until active growth begins.

If someone wants to rewrite this to fit the policy guidelines and be less how-to-ish, go ahead! –The Fiddly Leprechaun · Catch Me! 16:07, 5 April 2010 (UTC)


could you help me: please by make a list of plants wich aresuited as cutlings and editthem in to this article. Thank you verry< verry much —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:24, 8 April 2010 (UTC)

Redirection of "Rooting"[edit]

I just discovered that attempting to open the article at "Rooting" redirects to this article. I would submit that a reader looking for "Rooting" is far more likely to be seeking the subject covered in the article "Rooting (Android OS)" (as I was) than the subject of this article about plant cuttings. Therefore I propose that the "Rooting" meta-article be changed to redirect to the "Rooting (Android OS)" article, rather than to this one. If deemed necessary, an italicized sentence could be inserted at the beginning of the "Rooting (Android OS)" article to refer readers looking for information about plant propagation to this article (although I personally have never heard the term "rooting" used in this way). — Jaydiem (talk) 00:22, 10 December 2010 (UTC)

I agree with the opinion that readers looking for "Rooting" are rather interested in the technical procedure. But I'm against a redirection to the article "Rooting (Android OS)". The rooting technique is not exclusive to the Android OS (e.g. see SamyGO. Therefore, the general term "Rooting" mustn't be redirected to one specific implementation. I recommend the creation of a general article "Rooting" containing links to specific implementations (e.g. Android OS). In case there is not enough "body" to fill a seperate article an according chapter can be created in the article Superuser where "Rooting" could be redirected to. -- Ben4Wiki (talk) 16:04, 22 February 2011 (UTC)

Diluted Apple Juice[edit]

Can I use that to grow a leaf? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:56, 14 December 2010 (UTC)

end bracket as the final character is difficult to link with[edit]

In PHPBB forum software (used a lot) the last bracket in the address ...

fails to be seen as part of the link, so the link fails

perhaps Cutting_Plant would be better — Preceding unsigned comment added by 120thingsin20years (talkcontribs) 10:28, 13 October 2011 (UTC)


Can someone add a section that tells when to perform cuttings? Thanks

Cleaning up the plant propagation article and deleting this article on cutting[edit]

I'm a horticulturist, and I honestly think that this article is unnecessary. A page for cutting should simply be part of wikitonary because it's just a terminology used in plant propagation, and I plan to rewrite the plant propagation page to include the information of this page. Once the rewrite is complete, I don't think this page will be necessary. MonkeysOnThePatio (talk) 02:51, 17 March 2012 (UTC)

Rooting Hormone[edit]

Is rooting hormone basically phosphorous? What about the success rate of cuttings? Virillustre (talk) 16:15, 10 August 2012 (UTC)


I would like to read in the article a SCIENTIFIC postition on popular belief that water subjected to willow stems helps to root plant cuttings. Ideally with description on how to make it right. (talk) 03:26, 19 September 2012 (UTC)

Sidelight12 Talk 05:32, 21 September 2012 (UTC)

None of these links concerns the question. The question is whether there is any credible study investigating if the willow water (not aspirin) actually does transfer IBA hormone (or other auxins) to plant cuttings, causing them to root. This connection has been asserted in numerous gardening articles but I've never seen a good scientific study verifying it. (talk) 12:29, 21 September 2012 (UTC)

The aspirin article is about how it comes from willow plants, there is a mention of studies comparing aspirin to willow water. One is about endophytes within the willow and poplar helping plants grow ( can help in the search for similar studies). There are good scientific studies on small enough molecules being able to cross plant membranes/roots. I couldn't find anything really specific or thorough yet. Sidelight12 Talk 14:29, 21 September 2012 (UTC)

Let's not confuse things. The gardener woman writing about aspirin talks about its possible use in improving immunity of plants, not about rooting cuttings. There is no study there anyways. The other website says about rooting willow and poplar cuttings but not about using willow to root other plants. Another one is about special type of bacteria that stimulate formation of roots. Again nothing about transfering auxins from the willow twigs to other plants' cuttings in the process of hortriculural propagation.
Sidelight12, thank you for your attempt to help but I guess we should wait for a plant physiologist with degree to answer this with an appriopriate source83.7.162.206 (talk) 22:05, 21 September 2012 (UTC)

Attempt to move to Wikiversity[edit]

The introduction article and the Types of cuttings can stay here. The rest I hope got moved properly to wikiversity: Plant propagation or Wikiversity:Transwiki:Plant propagation (for now?) using these instructions (maybe its pending). If I did this wrong, perhaps someone who knows about this can help with this process. Few parts from the wiki article Plant propagation could go there too. Sidelight12 Talk 19:10, 1 October 2012 (UTC)

Needs expansion[edit]

this article really needs a history section, it is really quite an important topic. Info the oldest/most important cultivated cuttings would also be useful. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:15, 1 February 2013 (UTC)

Chalk and soil pH[edit]

The "Providing the right soil" section says to add chalk:

chalk; to increase the pH-value of the soil; a pH of 6-6.5 is to be maintained

6 - 6.5 is fairly acidic soil. Can you really do that with chalk?

Maybe we are talking about calcium sulfate and not calcium carbonate?

Becalmed (talk) 02:34, 25 April 2013 (UTC)