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Is this the right time of year to take cuttings from e.g. bay, ceanothus, euonymus? And how should I overwinter them? I know: basic stuff for many of you old hands but this seemed like the best place to ask!


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,645

    Autumn to winter is the best time to take hardwood cuttings form shrubs.

    You can do them outdoors in a sheltered spot by simply making a slit trench with your spade, dropping some fin grit down the bottom and then inserting pencil sized cuttings at regular intervals and pushing the soil back.

    However, I find ceanothus and variegated euonymous can suffer in cold winters so you may want to do them in deep pots of free draining compost and keep them in a cold frame or greenhouse over winter.  


    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
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  • Thanks for your help obelixx. Does 'free draining' just mean compost with some sand added? or is it a different kind of compost?
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,966

    I had cream nasturtiums jo. 'Milkmaid' was the variety. I got them online from Thompson and Morgan - I think image

    Just gritty compost smallswan. Mix some grit or course sand into the compost you have image

    I'd agree totally with obelixx about the ceanothus and variegated shrubs. Wet cold is a killer for them. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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