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Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

Hi everyone, due to a period of necessary budgeting coming up I can no longer go out and just buy plants to edge my white border.

I had planned to grow white lavender with euonymous harlequin down the side - about 10 plants of each. I can buy one of each but I must propogate new plants from the one I buy.

The trouble is I have no idea how to do this.

Any tips would be most welcome.

Last edited: 16 August 2016 07:41:10

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  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    Daft question, is it possible to propgate in water so you can see the roots grow?

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    Depends on the plant I think. But yes it is possible.

    I'm sure when the rest wake up they'll help you with propagation tips. With lavender I just cut into this year's growth dunk it in root gel and plonk it in soil which works but others with advise with more care and precision.

  • WaysideWayside Posts: 807

    Harlequin has a spreading and rooting (I guess layering) habit given the right conditions.  They must be quite easy to strike.  Having said that I tried some euonymous cuttings in spring and lost them all, I think they were probably too exposed to the hot sun.  Any tips appreciated.  

  • WonkyWombleWonkyWomble Posts: 4,024

    Hi folks, I garden on a budget myself as I live in rented accommodation so don't want to invest too heavily. Anyway, I'm always looking for methods and resources to help garden in the cheap and wondered if anyone had used these type of sites? I've just come across this one. 

    http://thinlyspread.co.uk/2013/06/12/green-plant-swap/

    I'd be interested if anyone has experience with these types of websites image

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    I'm on the green plant swap site Wonky. Unfortunately not had any joy yet but maybe when I get the vegetable beds sorted we'll find people to take the over enthusiastic sewing issues I suffer. 

    I'm also wanting to join a local gardening group that no doubt will be able to help with local knowledge and maybe even letting me take cuttings but they're like secret ninjas.

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    My neighbour Keith has white lavender, I wonder if he would miss a few sprigs :-) In the dead of night image

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,397
    Lou12 says:

    Daft question, is it possible to propgate in water so you can see the roots grow?

    See original post
    Willow is very good for this, you can watch the roots from little white dots on the stem all the way to real roots. Quick too, great for educational stuff. 

     

  • Lou12Lou12 Posts: 1,149

    This is it Nutcutlet, I don't have to, it's the fun factor. I currently have an avocado rooting in water.

    Do I need to take the bark off the end of the sprig before putting it in rooting compost or can it go in as is?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,397

    don't take the bark off Louimage

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