How to propagate plants
Put your wallet away. You can multiply many plants simply and easily with stem cuttings. I did this recently with my Sedums and Catmints and had great success. Try it. It's not only economical - it's fun. Take cuttings early in the morning or in the evening, when the sun isn't at its strongest. Cloudy days work, too. To increase your success rate, propagate early in the growing season. By Jessica Damiano
4. Plant right into the garden or a container - 1 1/2 to 2 inches deep - and water regularly. Like this photo gallery? Send it to your family, friends and favorite bloggers by clicking here. More Gardening 101 : Step-by-step how-tos for a great garden, from Jessica Damiano, Newsday's Garden Detective.
3. To increase your success rate, dip the cut end of the stem into rooting hormone powder and plant it in a small pot filled with equal parts of sand or perlite and peat or ground sphagnum moss for a few weeks, until roots begin to grow. Keep the pot in a shady area. You'll know the time is right when a gentle tug on the stem is met with resistance. (If you don't have rooting hormone, proceed with step 4.)
2. Remove leaves from the bottom half of the cutting.
1. Choose a fresh-looking stem that has not flowered. Cutting diagonally with sharp pruners, remove a 3-inch piece from the tip of new growth, just below a leaf.