There are several different types of cuttings that you can take from plants the most common are softwood, semi-ripe and hardwood. These refer to how woody and therefore how old the plant stem is.
Softwood cuttings are taken from the youngest part of the stem, and are the easiest and quickest to take root. This makes them ideal for anyone trying this for the first time.
Softwood cuttings are taken in May and June from the new growth of the plant. They root easily between 4 and 8 weeks but can wilt and die if they lose too much moisture, so they have to be kept warm and moist. And the best way to do this, if you donít have a propagator, is to put the pot inside a polythene bag.