(Not) taking a sledge hammer to crack a nut
I just though that it would be useful to many people starting out on propagating their plants to point our that a lot of shrubs and other plants can be propagated very easily without recourse to any fancy equipment and without a lot of fuss and hassle. Several of the plants I have seen mentioned on these threads eg buddleja, roses, hibiscus,lilac, weigela, dogwood and many other shrubsa can be proagated by simply sticking some twigs into the ground and leaving them for a few months. A lot of hardy shrubs can be increased this way. Others can be grown in a pot with a plastic bag over it. Many pot plants like geraniums, plectranthus, fuchsias, coleus and cacti also need no fancy equipment - just a pot of compost and possibly a plastic bag. I buy very few plants - most come from friends or neighbours. And none have required much effort. I have jasmine from a holiday in France, honeysuckle from my brother's garden, roses from parents, friends and trips away, datura from MIL, house plants from friends and work. Other plants come from a single specimen I bought long ago. What I am trying to say is that a lot of things are much easier to propagate than you may think. If in doubt give it a go and above all, be patient.