• Gardening Tips
  • Plant Propagation
  • Vegetable Gardening
  • Garden Projects

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Propagation Update: Echinacea, Red Twig Dogwood and 'Dragon's Blood' Sedum

As our gardening season draws to a close I thought I'd update you on the progress of some cuttings and how they look now. First up is an echinacea that was a propagation experiment. I took basal stem cuttings (which come from the crown of the root) in the spring. Once it rooted I planted it in our front sidewalk garden. It's done well for its first season of life. I really didn't expect blooms this year but we did get a few!

This 'Dragon's Blood' Sedum is one of my favorite sedums because of its color. Its dark burgundy colored leaves give the sedum its name. This particular sedum began as a single sprig in the early summer and was taken from a sedum I received at a plant swap. It's filled out quite a bit and hopefully will just continue to flourish. It's occupying our sedum garden which is still a work in progress.

Here's another of my favorite shrubs, the Red-twig dogwood (Cornus stolonifera). I took this cutting last fall and overwintered it indoors along with several others. At least 5 plants have survived from that batch of cuttings. At one point I thought they were dead but I am happy to admit I was wrong! I'll be moving this red twig dogwood very soon to a better location somewhere it can grow to it's full potential. The red stems might look good against a background of a green arborvitae.


  1. It is great to have free plants. Glad your red twig made it. Plants sometimes surprise us.

  2. I just love echinacea! One of my favorite long-blooming perennials. I have mostly Ruby Star and have been collecting seeds this week. Your method is more reliable, I think. Cameron

  3. Free is good! I have a few red twig dogwoods that were propagated by just sticking the stems in moist winter soil in the garden. Have you run across the yellow twigged dogwood? I saw some at Cheekwood last winter and they were spectacular!


  4. My favorite plants in the garden were free! Looks like your new starts are doing well Dave. I love the color of those branches on your young red twig dogwood.

  5. Good for you Dave. Sure wish I had room here for a red twig dogwood. I think they are pretty. Free is always good.


Thank you for reading The Home Garden. Please feel free to comment on the posts, ask questions, offer suggestions, or just say hi!

I read every comment The Home Garden receives and appreciate the time you take to read about what I'm working on!


Advertising will be removed from comments as the administrator of this blog sees fit. If you wish to advertise please fill out a this contact form with your proposal.