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Janie BJanie B LincolnshirePosts: 834
So, I woke up with all good intentions this morning of having a go at taking my first cuttings (salvia, penstemon, maybe sedum...), and have just been out to look for 'non flowering stems' on my lovely healthy Salvia Amsted. However, they all seem to have flowers on them! Is it ok to just take one of the flowering stems, and remove the flowers (think I may have read that on here somewhere)?

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  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,325
    Yes  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Janie BJanie B LincolnshirePosts: 834
    Thanks for speedy response, FG! I'll crack on...!
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,325
     :D 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Janie BJanie B LincolnshirePosts: 834
    Soooooooo ... they're in! 9 mini Amistads ... what do I do now???
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,611
    Water the pots and let them drain so the compost is moist but not sopping then put them in a cool, shady place that is frost free.  Should have roots by spring.

    I would pinch off those large, lower leaves so the cuttings don't lose all their moisture reserves thru transpiration.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Janie BJanie B LincolnshirePosts: 834
    Thanks, I will follow your advice, and pinch them out a little more. As a first-time cuttings-person, I didn't want to go too far!

    Also, would they be better off then in my small summerhouse-I-use-as-a-shed (i.e. it has a couple of windows, no heating, looks prettier than a conventional shed) than in my Mum's unheated conservatory? 
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,611
    I'd say the conservatory as long as they're out of direct sun.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Janie BJanie B LincolnshirePosts: 834
    Just thought I'd see how the cuttings I sowed last Autumn were doing, and if they needed potting up... 2/9 Amistad have rooted nicely, and are now out of their plastic bags, and into bigger pots, the other 7 have no roots at all! They look deceptively green and healthy, but not the slightest sign of a root! ... the penstemon Raven all seem to be doing well (have replanted 6/12), as do the S Love and Wishes (replanted 3/9). Just a bit of a shame about the Amistad...
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,131
    If they're still green and not wilted, there's still a chance that they might root. Otherwise, when the rooted ones have grown on some more they'll need the growing tips nipped out to make them grow bushy, so you can use those bits as more cuttings.

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