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Hi everyone, I've started cutting down a lot of overgrown plants in my garden, these are plants that were growing before I moved in 4 years ago.  Only getting a chance to do this now, however before doing so I'm taking cuttings of each plant just in case I end up killing them as well as to get free plants. 

Started this on Sunday and already seeing that some of them are wilting (particularly the larger leafed cuttings from a Hebe) perhaps this is normal?

Also I've put them in a lean too greenhouse against a brick wall in my back garden East Facing.  Would they be ok in there or should I be bringing them indoors?  I look forward to your feedback.

Thanks for your help as always :-)



  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 28,841
    Cuttings need to be taken at different times of year depending on the plants being propagated

    Some will root in water; some will need an open compost with good drainage; some will need regular misting and/or a moist atmosphere.  Most do best out of direct sun but in good light.  I'd have though an east-facing lean-to greenhouse may get a bit too cold in winter but that depends on location and exposure of your garden.

    The Gardeners' World website also offer info and a video on how to take cuttings.  Just google "Gardeners' World+cuttings"
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  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,179
    As @Obelixx says, it can depend on the plants. Some are difficult to propagate from "normal" cuttings, you may be better off trying root cuttings for example. 
    If you know what they are, post a list or if not, photos and hopefully the forum can advise  :)
  • AnniD said:
    As @Obelixx says, it can depend on the plants. Some are difficult to propagate from "normal" cuttings, you may be better off trying root cuttings for example. 
    If you know what they are, post a list or if not, photos and hopefully the forum can advise  :)
    Ah thank you  I will 😊
  • Hi again

    You may regret this ... but I've taken photos of all the plants I'd like to take cuttings of ..... have already taken some cuttings at the weekend.  Hoping I've done it correctly .... here's some pix, hoping that they're names pop up as well.

    Hopefully I've identified them correctly.

  • Sorry there are a lot of photos here but I just want to try all of them, thanks for any help you can give me :-)

    Yes a bramble ...

    California Blue blossom

    Euphonias ???? is that correct?

    Forest Flame





    Japanese meadowsweet?

    Another Holly I think

    Rose (in wrong place needs relocated)


    Another Hebe

    And finally ........ some sort of daisy plant really sweet .....

  • Hebes, euonymus and hydrangeas will root in water indoors on a windowsill - I've had success with all three.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,179
    Blimey, well l did ask !  :)
    From personal experience l have found hydrangeas very easy to propagate, but l usually do them mid to late Summer. Shouldn't be too late if you did them last week though.

    I've never tried propagating hardy geraniums, l would lift and divide them, then pot up .
    Same with the daisy plant in your last photo which l think is a Michaelmas daisy, dividing and potting up.

    The California blue blossom is known as Ceanothus. 

    The euphonias are Euonymus, l can't help with the 2 holly photos, but l'm pretty sure the second photo isn't holly.
    Also don't know whether that is Japanese meadowsweet, that's a new one on me.
    It's best to move a rose Bush in late Winter l believe,  cuttings can be pretty tricky. I have moved roses and they've survived! 

    Hopefully the links that were posted above have given you some idea and helped.
    With regard to your lean to, is it a plastic type one ? I'm not sure of the weather in Carrickfergus,  but l think that even though the house wall may help ,l should invest in some fleece for extra protection. 

    If you don't get any positive id's on the ones l can't help with, it might be worth starting another thread requesting confirmation, don't put any more than 3 photos on though, as people can get bamboozled, and if you number them that will help as well. 
    Hope this has been of some help , now you know at least some of the plant identifications are correct you can check to see if your propagating should work :)
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,314
    Brambles propagate themselves - so that's easy  ;)
    I think Japanese meadowsweet is another name for one of the Spireas.
    Hebes are quite easy, but not the best time to do them. Stick cuttings round the edge of a pot of gritty compost. That one looks very leggy. 
    Rosemary can be short lived so it's best to do heel cuttings quite often and it also grows well from seed. Best done in late spring/early summer. 
    The first holly isn't a holly, but I can't bring it to mind. I don't think the 2nd one is holly either.
    I divide geraniums - that's the usual way for them. Very easy to do. You can do it now or early spring.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • @Obelixx thanks for all the links very helpful. 

    @AnniD Lol Blimey love it expression reminds me of Only Fools and Horses

    @CustomedVole thanks will definitely try the water method

    @Fairygirl thank you for your feedback as well.  Yeah the Rosemary is pretty leggy probably because I didn't prune it properly .....

    @AnniD Yes I knew I was going to get a reaction to all the photos, I tried to label them but maybe they didn't come out properly.   I did say you might regret it :-D  @AnniD your Blimey outburst made me laugh out loud lolol

    Sorry I tend to get an idea in my head, get excited and go at it gung ho, thought that I could clear out the garden but take cuttings beforehand so as I don't loose the plants as they are obviously happy in my garden, just a tad neglected and overgrown, wanted to make time this autumn to try and do as much as I could while the soil is still warm to get garden sorted for next Spring / Summer.  Hey hoh.  You can see through the window a fair bit of work required and that's just the back garden lol.

    So, in light of that, took all these cuttings over the last few days in the hope that potentially they may strike between now and spring .... I guess only time will tell.  

    Incidentally don't suppose anyone knows where you can get slim windowsill shelving, have looked around but all I seem to see are hanging ones or suction ones. 

    Thanks again very helpful :-) 

  • EustaceEustace Posts: 1,508
    @cazsophieq2019 I use old letter/filing trays with the middle tray removed, so that you can stack 2 sets of plant pots.
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