Can you take cuttings from peppers

Answered by Jo Posted in Category Propagation

Dear Jo

Just wondered if you can you take cuttings from  peppers?

Kind Regards





Dear Roy

Dear Roy

Thanks for your email. 

It is possible to take cuttings of peppers.  You need to use a sterile knife and cut a non-woody section with at least six leaves.  Dip the end of the cutting in rooting powder and place the cutting in a vermiculite.  You’ll need to keep the cuttings well misted and check them regularly.  Once you can see a root ball, pot up the cutting.

I have never done this as peppers are so easy to grow from seed and cuttings are very tricky.  If you have a particular plant that you want to propagate, I would suggest saving some seed from it.  Simply scrape the seeds from one of the peppers and spread them on a tray.  Pop them in the airing cupboard, or somewhere warm and dry, for a couple of weeks.  Then put them in a seed packet or envelope and sow them next year. 

If you do take cuttings, I would be very interested to hear how you get on.  

Kindest Regards

 Jo Blackwell

Kitchen Gardener


Meet the Author: Jo Blackwell
Jo Blackwell

Jo Blackwell is our well-established Horticultural Advisor and the Kitchen Gardener in Stephanie's Victorian style Kitchen Garden. She caught the gardening bug when she bought her first home 21 years ago. Her first greenhouse soon followed and she later gained an allotment.

As well as tending the Harrod Horticultural Gardens, she enjoys maintaining her own vegetable plot at home. She has been a gardener for Harrod Horticultural for over 4 years now and has a wealth of experience in organic vegetable growing, ornamental gardening and in using all Harrod products.


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