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Hello all,

We have one of these plants growing in the front garden - about early June (here in NW England) it displays a massive amount of bright pink flowers, then seems to die off to a very brittle plant - not sure what it is.

Anyway, when it was flowering, we took some cuttings and put them in a pot with a bag over, in the sun, inside the house.

It took really well, and two weeks later, there was loads of little green leaves, and it was getting nice and strong.

I took the bag off the top, and in the following week or two after, they've started to get brittle - though I noticed the parent plant has too, now it's displayed.


Any idea what I should do now?






  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,158

    Hi Mozza. That's so brittle I can't see what it is.

    In the house, in the sun is hard on cuttings and it looks as though each cutting has a lot of top growth, one shoot would make a better cutting than a branched stick. 

    How about a photo of the one in the garden to see what's happening there

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Mozza3Mozza3 Posts: 35

    Thanks - this is the parent plant, outside.

    It's lost all the flowers now - they don't last long.

    Weirdly, the cuttings did really well with a bag over, but they are slowly dying off now I've taken it off.




  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,158

    I think you need a cuttings lesson but i'm not the person to give it. I'll bump you up to the top of the forum and see if someone else can.


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • SunnydayzSunnydayz Posts: 50

    Is it a small Rhododendron or Azalea? If so need ericaceous soil/compost. If so, can propagate by seed in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe or root semi-ripe cuttings in late summer. Semi ripe are new shoots that are just beginning to harden off and have not flowered this season.I think a whole branch was just a little too much for the new roots to cope with.

    Can layer in autumn apparently, this is drawing a lower branch to the ground and pinning it down, can put a little soil over it and forgetting about it whilst the branch develops roots into the soil. this eventually can be separated from parent plant, takes a while though, like until next season.

    Good luck

  • flowering roseflowering rose Posts: 1,632

    with anything you re-plant you need to water daily until you are sure its taken ,often up to year with some plants.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,881

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Don't forget to use rainwater if it is an azalea/rhodi....

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