How To Propagate Coprosma From Cuttings: A Step-By-Step Guide

If you have a beautiful coprosma plant and want to propagate it, the best option is to do so from cuttings. While propagating plants can be tricky, with the right knowledge and tools, you can easily multiply your coprosma collection.

Coprosma plants are evergreen shrubs that come in various colors of foliage such as green, red, yellow or variegated. They are excellent choices for hedges or ornamental borders due to their low-maintenance nature and aesthetic appeal.

Before we dive into how to propagate coprosma from cuttings, let’s take a look at what makes this process successful.

What You Need

To successfully propagate a coprosma plant from cuttings, here is what you will need:

– A healthy parent plant
– A sharp pair of pruning shears
– Rooting hormone powder
– Potting mix
– Pots with good drainage holes
– Clear plastic bags

When to Take Cuttings

The ideal time to take cuttings is during spring when the temperatures start warming up but before new growth begins. This window ranges between March and May in most regions. The reason why springtime works better than other seasons is that it provides favorable conditions for root development.

How to Take Cuttings

Once you’ve identified the best possible parent plant (i.e., one that has no diseases or pests), follow these steps:

Step 1: Using pruning shears or scissors sterilized by wiping with alcohol, make a 4-to 6-inch cutting just below where there’s visible leaf nodes.

Step 2: Remove leaves from around half of each stem’s length using clean fingers while still leaving some intact near the top.

Step 3: Dip each cutting end in rooting hormone powder; tap off any excess gently.

Step 4: Insert each cutting about an inch deep into potting soil mixture prepared earlier.

Note: Use a pencil or your finger to make holes where you want the cuttings before inserting them.

Step 5: Water each pot thoroughly, so moisture reaches the bottom of the pot.

Step 6: Cover pots with clear plastic bags and secure tightly around edges. Place in a warm location away from direct sunlight; consider using a heat mat if needed to maintain temperature at around 68-75°F

Step 7: Check every week for moisture levels, making sure soil stays moist but not too wet. You can do this by looking at the leaves’ color and feel because dry leaves indicate there’s no humidity inside.

Step 8: After about two months, check whether roots have developed by gently tugging on stem bases. If they start resisting pulling out of soil mixtures easily, it means they’re growing strong roots.


Once you are confident that your coprosma cuttings have rooted successfully (i.e., after eight weeks), remove them from their pots and transplant them into individual containers filled with well-drained soil mixture.

Make sure that each plant has enough room for growth as it matures over time. As always, water thoroughly after transplanting and keep an eye on your plants to ensure they stay healthy and happy!


Propagation is an excellent way to multiply coprosma plants without spending money on new stock. Remember that patience will be key during this process since it takes some time for roots to develop adequately; however, following these steps will give you higher chances of success when propagating coprosma trees from cuttings!