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B3B3 Posts: 21,516
I have a penstemon stem that has rooted where it rests on the ground. Roots very shallow at the moment.
Do I remove and pot it now or should I wait a bit? 
In London. Keen but lazy.
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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 18,485
    I've just potted one, hope it works. I took cuttings too from a very bushy stem that I pruned off recently. About half look perky and half look droopy.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,516
    I hope so too @Busy-Lizzie 😊
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,455
    It really depends how patient you are. If you take it now, pop it somewhere cool and out of the sun for a week or so, it would probably work fine. You could pin and bury some more stems to see if they'll also root later in the season while you're there!

    Or you could heap up the soil where it's rooted and let a decent root system develop in situ, then just sever it & move it straight to the final planting position.
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,516
    I'll take the final option. You've answered another one of my questions about when to cut the umbilical cord.
    Thanks @WillDB
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • LoxleyLoxley Posts: 4,455
    It certainly saves remembering to water it. You could bend the stem now to 'reduce the circulation' and force it to grow its own roots.
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,516
    I only started growing them a couple of years ago. I always thought they were difficult to grow and snail food. How wrong I was! I'm hooked on them now. They're dotted all over the garden and all varieties seem to have survived this ,admittedly mild, winter.  And many survived the beast.😀
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,267
    I like them too. I usually pin down any longish shoots, put a stone on top and leave it for a good few months, if not longer. Most root very well this way.  I'm also trying a few shoots in water which are just showing tiny white roots.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 31,655
    I cut them back at this time of year and use them for cuttings. Almost every one works,and it's stuff you're cutting off anyway, so nothing to lose.
    Devon.
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,516
    Works for gaura too. Another recent discovery for me. 
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 9,267
    Thanks for that tip @B3, I've got some gauras and would like some more.
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