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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

5 More Easy Plants to Propagate!

Last year I wrote a post called 10 Easy Plants to Propagate for Your Home Garden. Picking only 10 is a challenge when there are so many out there that the average home gardener can have fun with so here are six more that I've found to be easy to propagate in my garden.

Caryopteris - I have several of the 'Longwood Blue' variety of caryopteris that I've made from cuttings. One of my goals is to have a shrub row of caryopteris blooming in the fall but I didn't want to spend too much money on it so I tried propagating caryopteris. If you do everything right you can get an almost 100% success rate.

Catmint - I now have three varieties of catmint in the garden and each of them will propagate from cuttings very easily.

Coleus - This annual is a great first plant to propagate! Just take a two leaf stem cutting and put it in some water. A week later you can pot it up! Easy!

Sweet Potato Vine - This one is a piece of cake! If you look along the vine you might see little root nubs already forming which will grow into larger roots in water or in soil.

Verbena - I haven't met a verbena yet that won't grow roots in glass of water. Soil will work fine too but sometimes it's neat to see the roots form! No rooting hormone is necessary.

I will warn you, once you've caught the plant propagation bug, you might not be able to get rid of it!

9 comments :

  1. It is an addiction for sure!!

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  2. I so appreciate your posts on plant propagation!! I look forward to trying more of this, this Fall!! :-)

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  3. Thanks Dave. Some more that I can increase.

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  4. HA Dave, you are the master of propagation! I fear the addiction has taken over your personality too. Poor Jenny. HA Just kidding, nothing beats free plants!!!
    Frances

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  5. I justify that Sweet Potato Vine is probably the easiest thing in the world to propagate. It is probably a little to easy foe places such as here in FL where t doesn't die in the winter.

    Jake

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  6. I absolutely love catmint! I've grown some in my yard and I love how they grow up and flow over our planter box and their purple flowers. I have some sweet potato vine, too growing beneath my roses. I love their look and trailing vines.

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  7. Thank you so much. I am thinking of rooting some of the plants that I have around the house and this has been a great help. If you know of any other plants that are really easy to root, I am looking for some that I can grow without any root hormone and preferrably in water.

    Also, I have a question about something that a lot of the other gardening sites were saying but I never got a chance to ask them since most of them do not have the option to post as "Anonymous".
    Many of the other sites were saying that it is easy to root hydrangeas. I have several and am curious to know if that is true. Also, I wanted to know if the mother plant has to be growing when you take the clippings because mine are all dormant right now and I do not want to wait until they start growing again to try it. What is the ideal time of year to get clippings?

    Thanks again.

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  8. Is it easy to propagate camellias? Also, can you easily grow them from clippings in a glass of water? That is my favorite method and I would like to try that sometime, but I have very few plants that I can try it with.

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  9. Some other good plants to propagate? Post more, I really enjoyed your first article and now your second.

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