Sunday, July 26, 2009

Propagation Update: Asiatic Lily and Viburnum

In late May I wrote a post about how to propagate Asiatic lilies from leaves. I figured it was time to show you how things are coming along. After small little bulbs began to form on the base of the leaves I planted the bulbs into small pots. As you can see in the picture below the old leaves completely died back, most likely to provide nourishment and energy to the new bulbs and roots, and formed brand new leaves. They are well on their way to becoming flowering beauties in my garden!



I also took a few cuttings of a viburnum back in April. These haven't advanced as much as I had hoped but they are alive and well. I haven't fertilized or done anything other than pot them up and water them, even though a little fertilizer will do them some good. It takes time for plants to develop roots and when the roots have reached a large enough size more leaves grow to support the young plant.




If you're interested in learning more about taking cuttings to increase the plants in your landscape take a look at this post: The Basics of Cuttings

and...

Here is a list of 10 easy plants to propagate.

I'll be writing an update post pretty soon about easy plants to propagate so stay tuned!

6 comments :

  1. Thanks Dave, I just checked back on your 10 best to root & got my answer. I had planned to ask you about Verbena. Now I know.

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  2. Lola,

    Verbena is a great one! I'm rooting a few right now.

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  3. Once your garden is mature you will have such a great sense of accomplishment having propagated all these plants. Have you ever thought of opening a nursery?:)

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  4. Dave...Tina is right...you have and will have much to feel proud about! gail

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  5. Wow, the lilies look great! Would all lilies work this way? I have some stella d' oro's I'd like to try this with!
    Oh the whole I'm w/Tina above, I think u should open a nursery!

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  6. Hi Pat!

    Daylilies won't work this way but are easy enough to divide. Just dig up the clump and separate it using garden forks or if it's a younger plant you may be able to do it by hand. The above technique works with Asiatic and oriental lilies.

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