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Cuttings in water in November to replace my other failed attempts.

KmehKmeh Posts: 130
Morning

I took cuttings over the spring and summer with so little success. Lupins, hydrangeas, climbing rose, salvia, hebe and  sarcococca confusa. I think the hydrangeas might have taken but nothing else seems to be in good condition. Everything was done in half compost/half vermiculite. Dont understand where I'm going wrong.

Just read this brilliant thread:

https://forum.gardenersworld.com/discussion/1004868/plants-that-root-in-water/p1

Is there anything from the above list or anything else that comes to mind that I could so water cuttings from in November?

Thanks

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  • In my humble experience water cuttings don't work in the winter. I think the main problem is lack of light. Also the plant needs to be in vigorous growth. Slow growing things don't make good water cuttings and warmth just rots them.
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  • I've had very good success with rooting Hebes in water starting at various times throughout the year including winter. 

    I've had a rose stem in water since June which has just put out a root yesterday. That said it was purely experimental. The easiest way to grow roses is to do hardwood cuttings now, stick them in a pot or straight in the ground outside and just leave them.

    I've not had any success with Salvia in water, but found they took very easily in a mix of multipurpose and sharp sand. Did them around the edges of pots and in individual cells in a modular tray and they all took. But I took those end of August. My salvia outside are shutting down now.


    But you've nothing to lose, assuming you have space for them, in grabbing a bunch of cuttings and sticking them in a jar of water. They might surprise you.

    Like my sixth month old penstemon water cuttings that suddenly started growing roots in February!
  • Oh dear.

    I just abandoned my late Autumn Joy cuttings as they were going rubbery and to moolsh.

    They were taken in I think Sept/Oct, but looked no more for this world.
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  • Cuttings, probably the most frustrating gardening task for me  :/ . I have hotlips and verbena b in water, they've done absolutely nothing for about 3 months now. Except that in the last 2 weeks, the verbena has started growing new leaves at a node that's underwater. No roots, no top growth, just leaves underwater. Surely this is going to end in failure...

    My verbena and hotlips in 50/50 compost perlite rooted fine in a few weeks, and is growing well. It's all black magic to me.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,047
    Sedum A. Joy is best done in gritty compost, not water. Always. 
    Or pull bits off in spring when they start growing, and pot up as above  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • Fairygirl said:
    Sedum A. Joy is best done in gritty compost, not water. Always. 
    Or pull bits off in spring when they start growing, and pot up as above  :)
    Sedum does root very easily in water though. I did several last year and they all started growing roots within a week.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,047
    This time of year isn't good fir them  though  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


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