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cotty1000cotty1000 Posts: 293

let's all boast about successful propagation,as we all feel proud when we do it so let us share and compare.

i will start by saying i have taken sedum cuttings for the second year from emerging  shoots.last year i took stem tip cuttings from bowles mauve wall flower and hardy osteospurmum,this year they look huge.

this year i have again,unsuccessfully,taken dahlia cuttings and they have wilted.

i am obsessed.every new plant i buy i always try and take cuttings.

what have you been successful/unsuccessful with 




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  • cotty1000cotty1000 Posts: 293

    it is easy and mine have ten plus flower stems already.take some around about now by taking a three to four inch cutting off a new shoot,take the flower head off and remove the lower leaves,dip in rooting powder and put in a pot.make sure the cutting was taken just below a leaf joint as it will root better.i experimented with mine putting a bag over some pots to keep the moisture in.

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  • Zoomer44Zoomer44 Posts: 3,267

    I took some hard wood cuttings from around the garden for the first time last year and much to my amazement all bar two are still alive. Gooseberryy doesn't look to have taken but the currant cuttings are in bud. Even took some cuttings off the hedge, gave them a gentle tug the other day and they weren't for coming out so must have a root system forming, was thinking of trying topiaryimage.

  • pashpash Posts: 109

    Hi, bought a centaurea in the past its best corner of the gc last year,2 quid from 9, took it home, removed all the dead bits, then ripped the root ball apart, i now have 8 good sized plants in bud and 4 smaller ones coming on nicely, first time I've done this, well pleasedimage

  • PentilliePentillie Posts: 411

    Reminds me of a few years ago, when I went down to the riverside to cut some nice 3-foot long twigs from the willow trees, which I wanted as pea supports at the allotment.

    They worked brilliantly, had a bumper crop of peas, but the problem was every twig had rooted and I was left with 150 willow trees! 

    I returned to the river and planted half a dozen in appropriate places, but had to burn the rest - seemed such a shame!

  • cotty1000cotty1000 Posts: 293

    you could have sold some or swapped them to get some more plants.l love a bargain like pash and will try to salvage plants or propagate them straight away.

    has anybody else had lucky/unlucky cuttings.150 willow trees would be a blessing and a headache.

  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,811

    Got one heather cutting to take out of 24 image. I don't think heather has heard of non-flowering shoots! Have so far failed to get any camellia cuttings to root but will try again this year. Forsythia is dead easy though image and grapes too.

  • have after three attemps got some dahlia , delphinums and pholx cuttings, put into a good gritty mix sprayed and popped a half bottle over them, spray every few days and it looks although they have taken. whenever i buy new plants i always spilt them into two plants, just greedy like that image

  • donutsmrsdonutsmrs Posts: 479

    I have taken Salvia Hot Lips cuttings last year and have got three lovely plants to go out in the next few weeks. This week I have taken cuttings of Alstromeria. I bought these lovely plants in Holland last week so hopefully they will grow big and strong. They are all standing up nice and straight and tall at the moment, so I am keeping my fingers crossed. image

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