The Cuttings Thread
A place for cuttings enthusiasts to inspire people who have lost hope with taking cuttings.
I have tried cuttings this year with lots of failure. I want to give up, but I really don't want to go out and spend loads of money on plants when I have plenty of healthy plants that could be the source of many new ones. I need to try and develop some patience and get it to work.
I have FAILED at:
Variegated holly, various conifers, prunus laurocerasus (pic below), euonymus (pic below). The euonymus has gone a bit floppy but seems to be perked up with water. All cuttings had root powder, some grown inside (conservatory) and some left outside. All died eventually. I have tried to understand what went wrong, and it was probably a combination of water and temperature issues.
I have SUCCEEDED at crassula ovata (pic below), which is the easiest plant to grow and reproduce ever, so I can't really claim that a success! I'd have to be a total idiot to kill it.
I WANT TO GROW (first 4 in the pic):
- Acer Palmatum katsura (heel cutting, not sure which of my beautiful branches I want to peel off)
- Berberis darwinii (just finished flowering, maybe I could wait until the berries form and then just plant the seeds?)
- Euonymus (lots of varieties available for this)
- Ilex Aquifolium Argentea Marginata
- Weigela (if I can't lift/move/divide my existing mature plants)
- Buddleia (this should be easy? Haven't tried)
- Clematis Montana Rubens (I have 2 of these, one of which is completely finished flowering)
- Roses (should be easy enough)
One technique I haven't tried is layering, which should help me with the evergreens, but it means waiting an entire growing season before cutting off the newly rooted plant? So next spring? I saw some impressive air layering videos for fruit trees but I won't be trying my hand at that yet.