Perennials & Ornamental Grasses

Increase finger shrubs through division, cuttings and seeds


Those who cannot get enough of their finger shrubs use the possibilities of propagation. We explain here what these are and how you proceed.

© M. Schuppich - The finger bush (Dasiphora fruticosa) is not only decorative, but also surprisingly easy to care for and robust. The shrubs are on the market in different flower colors and growth heights. The finger shrub can convince both on its own in the perennial border and as an attractive hedge plant. So what could be more obvious than to increase the decorative rose family. Below you will find out how to increase the number of fingers and how to do it.


  • 1 Shrub multiply by cuttings
    • 1.1 When are the cuttings cut?
    • 1.2 cutting cuttings?
    • 1.3 Multiplication of cuttings - step by step
  • 2 Multiplication by division
    • 2.1 Multiplication by division - step by step
  • 3 propagation by seeds
    • 3.1 Propagation by seeds - step by step
  • 4 Increase finger bush - advantages and disadvantages
  • 5 What happens to the young plants?
The shrub can be increased by:

  1. cuttings
  2. division
  3. seed

Increase finger shrubs through cuttings

The propagation of cuttings is a simple method, which promises success even to inexperienced hobby gardeners. All types of finger shrubs can be propagated simply and easily with the help of cuttings.

When are the cuttings cut?

The cuttings are cut in late spring or early summer. The best time to go is from May to June.

Cutting cuttings?

The cuttings are cut from a healthy and well-developed finger shrub. The scissors are placed about one centimeter under a sheet. The cuttings are first cut to a length of 15 to 20 centimeters and then shortened to a length of about seven centimeters. The shoot tips should already be slightly woody.

" Tip: Use a sharp knife or sharp secateurs. The cut edges should appear straight and not frayed. Then the wound heals faster and fungi and pests have no chance of penetrating.

Propagation of cuttings - step by step

  1. Select a plant
  2. Cut the cutting
  3. Prepare the cutting
  4. Fill the growth tray with substrate
  1. Insert cutting
  2. Moisten the substrate
  3. Find location
  4. Wait for budding

As already described, the cuttings are cut from a strong plant, which has healthy, already slightly woody shoots. Then remove the lower leaves and shoots so that they do not start to rot later under the ground.

A planter is filled with substrate. Half of the cuttings are placed in the plant pot.

" Tip: Use seed soil. Coconut clay is also very suitable.

The substrate is lightly cast on, but not moistened too much, otherwise there is a risk of waterlogging. The planter is now positioned in a translucent foil bag. With this measure you create a mini greenhouse and the sprouting is accelerated.

" Tip: The foil bag is not closed at the top so that mold does not form inside the bag.

The planter is placed in a bright and sheltered place, preferably outdoors. However, care should be taken to ensure that no rain gets onto the substrate through the plastic bag. A soil that is too moist quickly leads to mold formation and waterlogging is not tolerated by the cutting. The roots would die if they were already formed. The cutting is only lightly watered. Spraying is also not advisable. This also creates too much moisture.

When the first fresh shoots appear, this is a sign of successful rooting. The cutting can now be potted and placed in the desired location outdoors.

Multiplication by division

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If the finger bush has developed well and has grown in size, dividing the root is an option to put the plant in its place and at the same time to win a second plant.

Multiplication by division - step by step

  1. Plant out plant
  2. Shake the soil from the root ball
  3. Examine roots
  1. Split root
  2. Plant root sections
  3. Water plants well
Before division, the plant is carefully dug out of the ground. The soil should be shaken off well so that the root ball can be inspected. This is a good opportunity to see if the root is healthy or damaged. If you discover rotten or dead roots, they are removed first.

Then a sharp spade is reached and the roots are broken up into individual pieces. How many new plants can be obtained depends on the size of the root ball. So that the new plants are viable, they should have sufficiently stable roots. The individual sections should immediately be put back into the ground at the new location.

" Tip: Several sections make up a pretty hedge. Put about three plants per meter for this.

The plants are easy to water at their new location. Since the plants are quite robust and resistant, the finger bush will usually survive the root division well and the sections will continue to grow as usual at the new location.

Propagation by seeds

If you have a little patience and maybe don't yet have your own finger shrub, you can also grow the plants from seeds. The seeds can be purchased commercially. Of course, the seeds can also be obtained from existing finger bushes.

When the shrubs have flowered in autumn, small hairy nuts, the seeds of the finger bush, form. The seeds can be obtained and can be used again immediately without the need for additional treatment.

Propagation by seeds - step by step

  1. Obtain seeds
  2. Fill the planter with soil
  3. Insert seeds
  1. Cover seeds with soil
  2. Keep seeds moist
  3. Wait for germination

A flat planter is filled with growing soil. The seeds are sown and lightly covered with substrate. The planter is placed bright and warm and kept evenly moist. A foil or glass cover can accelerate germination.

" Tip: Covered planters should be ventilated regularly, otherwise mold can form in the planter.

When it comes to irrigation, you have to be very careful because the substrate must not dry out, but it should also not cause waterlogging.

Increase finger bush - advantages and disadvantages

Type of propagationbenefitsdisadvantage
cuttings✓ This type of propagation is uncomplicated and done quickly.
✓ There are very good chances of success.
✓ Even inexperienced hobby gardeners can try it.
✗ A well-developed plant must be available.
✗ The plant can be injured if careless cuts are made.
✗ It takes some time for the rooting to set in and the new shoots to follow.
division✓ It is a quick and easy method of propagation.
✓ Several plants can be obtained in a few simple steps.
✓ You immediately receive equivalent plants that continue to grow as usual at their new location.
✗ A healthy and vigorous plant must be available.
✗ There is a risk of damaging the roots during division.
seed✓ Several young plants can be obtained by sowing.
✓ This propagation method is also suitable if there is no finger shrub in the garden so far.
✗ It takes patience until germination begins and the young plantlets develop.
✗ Not every seed also germinates automatically.

What happens to the young plants?

After a few weeks the seeds will start to germinate. The young plants have not yet developed stable roots and should therefore not be outdoors during the winter. Leave the young plants in the house, put the plant pots in a bright and frost-free place and keep watering regularly. If there are no more frosts to be feared next spring, the small finger bushes can be planted outdoors. They have enough time until next winter to develop and develop stable roots.