An elderly lady customer has asked me to take cuttings of the above ; tomorrow .
I don't really 'deal' with plants like these normally ; are there any new or special techniques anyone of you can advise me , so I don't make a complete mess of the whole job .
Your knowledge and help will be appreciated .
I take a cutting of about 6 to 8 in long. I cut it just below a leaf joint and use stems that are not old and woody/tuff. I remove all but the few top leaves and put it in a mason jar half full of water. Bright light but not direct sun. Change the water frequently. Usually you will see some root growth in two to three weeks but some stems are slow and it can be a couple months wait.
As long as the stem isn't rotting you can wait, well up to a point I guess.
I like to leave the rooting stem in the water until there's some good root growth on them.
When I plant into pots I do not plant the stem deep, plant it as shallow as you can without the stem flopping over. And water well the first time then let it get on the dry side before watering in future. You will know to water by how light the pot has gotten.
All my stems were taken in mid Sept, and I only finished potting the few late rooters last week.
Here is one rack of my cuttings today.
Here’s some I did last week you need to keep them fairly dry whilst they root, or the stems will rot. Pick off any flower buds they might make, don’t let them bloom until next year, by then they will have made a nice big plant.
She may lose the original plants through the winter so best try with the cuttings.
She did pretty much as Lyn describes. Kept on the dry side [she probably for got to water anyway!] on the kitchen windowsill or in the back porch. Both places fairly warm - the original oil run boiler was out in the porch.
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...