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  • Chris-P-BaconChris-P-Bacon Posts: 943
    I'm really interested in everyone's views.  What bothers me is not so much the cuttings, it is the secrecy and taking plants that really belong in the garden even though they may have been self seeded or created through layering
    Just sack him then, and be done with it...and good luck finding another. 
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,710
    If he's so good with propogation, why not suggest he takes cuttings, and you get half the plants?

  • WAMSWAMS Posts: 1,929
    I just think most people throw away as waste a lot of material that could become new plants if they had the time, knowledge and expertise to grow them on. If you did your own pruning and cutting back, would you really be doing all that yourself? Or would it go into the garden bin anyway?

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  • FireFire Posts: 18,019
    It’s not ridiculous. The OP is just asking a question. 
  • FireFire Posts: 18,019
    What’s the story behind the three foot plant? We would need background on that 
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 12,145
    edited May 2022
    You say that you "believe" the gardener has been doing it, what makes you think that, have the same varieties been appearing in their garden or local plant sales ?
    What was the 2 to 3 foot plant that disappeared from your garden, that's a bit cheeky to say the least.
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 10,152
    edited May 2022
    I knew a guy that had an aviary full of budgies. Local folk helped him out when needed. He sold offspring to cover the costs of running his aviary.
    Would he be be happy if a helper sold some of his budgies for private gain, without him knowing?
    More like taking home molted feathers, or at worst taking a spare egg and incubating it for themselves. But not really because it's a crap analogy :) If one of the local folk owned a private cloning facility and was harvesting DNA then you might be getting somewhere.
    Stealing plants is one thing but if he was propagating with no effect on the garden then that just seems like perks of the job. The scenario is too complex to judge from a few sentences though. Digging up a plant is illegal without permission of the landowner, even if you layered it yourself, but since you employ him to garden then that's possibly a grey area.

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  • JellyfireJellyfire Posts: 1,139
    Id have no problem with cuttings, it might even be that he is propagating when he prunes for you, common courtesy would be to ask first, but it may not even have occurred to him that it would be considered a problem by anybody. No harm to the original plant, and the new plants wouldnt exist if he didn't grow them so its a victimless crime imo. 

    Taking a 2-3ft plant would be another matter though....
  • WAMSWAMS Posts: 1,929
    A 2ft plant could be a fast-growing weed, not necessarily weed weed.😁😁😁

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