how to grow coprosma from cuttings

Coprosma, commonly known as mirror plant or looking-glass plant, can be propagated from cuttings with relative ease. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to grow Coprosma from cuttings:

Materials You’ll Need:

  1. Healthy Coprosma plant (source of cuttings)
  2. Sharp, clean pruning shears or scissors
  3. Potting mix (well-draining)
  4. Small pots or containers
  5. Rooting hormone (optional but recommended)
  6. Plastic bag or plastic wrap
  7. Watering can or spray bottle
  8. Perlite (optional, for improved drainage)


  1. Choose the Source Plant: Select a healthy and established Coprosma plant as the source for your cuttings. Ensure it is free from pests and diseases.
  2. Select Cuttings: Look for green, non-woody stems on the source plant. Choose sections that are about 4-6 inches (10-15 cm) long and have several sets of leaves. Make clean, diagonal cuts just below a leaf node (the area where leaves attach to the stem). You can take multiple cuttings if desired.
  3. Prepare the Potting Mix: Use a well-draining potting mix suitable for propagation. You can enhance drainage by mixing perlite into the potting mix.
  4. Apply Rooting Hormone (Optional): Dip the cut end of each Coprosma cutting into rooting hormone powder. This step is optional but can improve the chances of successful rooting.
  5. Plant the Cuttings: Insert the cuttings into small pots or containers filled with the prepared potting mix. Plant them at a depth of about 1-2 inches (2.5-5 cm), leaving at least one set of leaves above the soil. Space the cuttings apart to allow air circulation.
  6. Water and Cover: Water the potting mix thoroughly but avoid making it soggy. You can use a watering can or a spray bottle to moisten the soil. After watering, cover the pots with a plastic bag or plastic wrap to create a mini greenhouse effect, which helps retain humidity.
  7. Place in Indirect Light: Coprosma cuttings require bright, indirect light but not direct sunlight. Place the pots in a location with filtered or indirect light. Avoid exposing them to harsh sun, as it can scorch the cuttings.
  8. Maintain Humidity: Check the humidity inside the plastic covering regularly. If condensation forms on the inside, the humidity is sufficient. If it’s dry, lightly mist the cuttings and the inside of the covering to maintain a moist environment.
  9. Monitor Growth: Over the next several weeks, monitor the cuttings for signs of new growth. This indicates that roots are forming. Be patient, as it may take some time.
  10. Transplant: When the cuttings have developed strong roots and have grown to a suitable size (usually a few inches tall), they are ready to be transplanted into larger pots or directly into the garden if the outdoor conditions are suitable.
  11. Harden Off (If Transplanting Outdoors): If transplanting into the garden, gradually expose the young Coprosma plants to outdoor conditions over a period of several days to help them acclimate to the new environment.

Growing Coprosma from cuttings can be a rewarding way to propagate new plants. With proper care and attention to humidity and light, you can successfully root and establish new Coprosma plants from cuttings.

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