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Cutting tips please!

FlyDragonFlyDragon Posts: 834
edited April 2020 in Plants
Plan today is to get some cuttings from some of my most thriving plants!

Any tips on how to get good results from a hydrangea, a pieris and a photinia?

oh and my neighbour has what I think is called a purple smoke bush that I like too!


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,350
    Softwood cuttings can be done now, if there's sufficient growth. Take a section of about 4 or 5 inches from the new growth, just below a joint. Remove the lower leaves, and if there's any soft growth at the tip, you can nip that out too. If you use hormone rooting powder, you can dip the bottom end in that, and then pop the cutting in a small pot so that the bottom leaves just show. 
    They need adequate light, but not bright, hot sun, so a warm bright spot is ideal. Some people put a plastic bag over them to keep up the humidity, and some people use a propagator. It depends on what you have. They might take  a while to root, so you have to keep an eye on them. Keep them moist enough, but not soggy, and remove the protection every now and again, until there's proper new growth. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • FlyDragonFlyDragon Posts: 834
    Thank you!  
    The purple smoke bush is probably a Cotinus  Coggyria.  I’ve got one but never thought about trying cuttings - now added to my list !
  • FlyDragonFlyDragon Posts: 834
    Just googled, and yes that’s it!  It’s a lovely contrasting colour in all the green.
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