Jinty40Jinty40 Posts: 19

Being my first year growing flowers. I am wanting to take some cuttings.  I see/hear the term use 50-50.  I'm unsure to what it is. The cutting I  hope to take are mini rose bush and lavender.  Any help would be great . thanks


  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    It could be a reference to using 50/50 mix of compost with grit. Take a scoop of compost and mix it with a scoop of potting grit, then you have a 50/50 mix. A mixture with potting grit is used for plants that like free drainied soil such as lavender, I'm not sure about roses without using google to get some answers.

  • I think this refers to adding grit/sand to a multipurpose compost to be sure it's well drained, and cut down on fertility. The mix is 50% grit, 50% compost. It's especially important for your lavender cuttings, which will rot quickly if the compost is too wet.

    You may like to know that I've had success using cubes cut from Oasis for lavenders. Just keep them slightly damp and repot the whole thing when they show roots. It works the same way as rockwool but it's a lot cheaper.

    Good luck with your cuttings.

  • Jinty40Jinty40 Posts: 19

    Thank you.  


  • FleurisaFleurisa Posts: 779

    I read today that you can root rosemary in water, I guess that might be possible to lavender too as long as they don't rot

  • Jinty40Jinty40 Posts: 19

    Thanks everyone.  Now the next thing.  Iv seen on some sites that the cutting is put to the side of the large pot and it only shows one in the pot.  Can you put a few cuttings on the one pot? 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Yes Jinty. Just make sure the cuttings don't touch each other. Depending on what the cuttings are from you'll get around 3 to 4 in a 6" pot. image

  • Jinty40Jinty40 Posts: 19

    Hi Greenjude  in the Oasis do you need to still use rooting powder.  Sorry for being so blonde

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 19,692

    Gosh that's a lot Verdi. Do you get any probs with them or do they always all take?

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 7,109

    In my case 50-50 refers to success rate !  If I get more than half rooting I count it as successimage

    The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones ......
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,106

    Rule of thumb. Take 1 cutting and it wont grow. take six and they all will.

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
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