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B3B3 Posts: 26,421

I did a completely non-scientific experiment with penstemon cuttings.

I put some in soil and some in water. The water ones have rooted and the soil ones look sad.

It's much less trouble to do cuttings in water so I wondered if anyone could suggest other suitable candidates.

In London. Keen but lazy.


  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,626

    Mint, fuchsia, honeysuckle - I did this last one in autumn after taking out a badly overgrown plant in the wrong place.   They took their time but I now have two baby honeysuckles.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,421

    Thanks ob.I'm not short of mint, but I'll try their other two.

    Is it ok to put different plants in the same water until they root?

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Lemon grass, bought from a shop.

  • B3B3 Posts: 26,421

    Thanks wo. Do you keep it inside?

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295

    It's OK to mix things but not too many of anything or it's hard to get them out of the jar without breaking the roots

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • KeenieKeenie Posts: 29

    Rosemary is a good one too. I've done about 14 so far. I plan to line the edge of the path with it image

    Thanks for the info on honeysuckle I think I'll give that a go next, does it have to be hard wood or soft ?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,295

    I've found if their not reasonably mature they rot instead of rooting, Keenie

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • KeenieKeenie Posts: 29

    Excellent, thanks for that. I'll wait a bit and then try 

  • jaffacakesjaffacakes Posts: 434

    Nepeta roots easily in water too.

  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy Posts: 6,413

    I usually have quite a bit of success with this method. I am trying a heliotrope at the moment I nurtured a few though winter but they are looking leggy & sad so I have just put a cutting in water to see if it works. A pot full of soil based cuttings in the propagator all winter looked fine until I re-potted them only one survived!

    AB Still learning

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