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 Action 77: Plant cuttings. It is not conventional but I take cuttings of plants in the autumn: rosemary, sage, and penstemon. I find a soft side shoot and pull it away from the main stalk so that it has a ‘heel’ – ie a bit of the harder stalk comes away with it. I then remove  any leaves from the bottom half of the shoot and place it in a bottle of clean water. I keep the water topped up/ and or change it if it looks green. After a couple of weeks, roots will begin to form. When there are several long roots, I pot the new plant up and over winter it indoors ready to plant out next spring. 

Author: Judith Russenberger

Environmentalist and theologian, with husband and three grown up children plus one cat, living in London SW14. I enjoy running and drinking coffee - ideally with a friend or a book.

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