Heather is an evergreen plant that grows from 10 cm to 60 cm tall, depending on the variety or cultivar. It forms clumps up to 60 cm wide and flowers with airy, pinkish-purple or yellow-orange blooms from summer until the autumn. The plants grow well in sun or part shade and fast-draining, acidic soil. Heather can be propagated by taking cuttings from healthy plants in summer. The cuttings are placed into a moist growing medium and moved outdoors after a healthy root system forms.
Fill the container with vermiculite and just enough water to moisten it lightly.
Snip a 5 cm to 8 cm piece of stem from the heather plant.
Apply rooting compound to the cut end of the heather.
Poke a hole in the vermiculite with a pencil and slide the treated end of the cutting into the hole. Pat the vermiculite around the base of the cutting to hold it in place.
Place the container into a clear plastic bag and seal with a twist tie. Put the cutting in a brightly lit location, but not in direct sunlight.
Add moisture to the container only if it dries out, as too much water causes developing roots to rot.