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Thursday, July 15, 2010

4 More Easy Plants to Propagate!

It's almost always true that success in an endeavor brings excitement and enthusiasm for more and I've always found this true for plant propagation. If you've never tried propagating plants because you think it's difficult or just too much work then think again! There are all sorts of plants out there that are very easy to propagate and barely require any effort to root. Start propagating with something easy then you'll be excited to try more - one warning though: it IS addictive! In the past I wrote two posts about easy plants to propagate (10 Easy Plants to Propagate and 5 More Easy Plants to Propagate) but in this post I'll share a few more that I've found to be extremely easy and extremely successful with minimal effort.


Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans)
Quite frankly I was amazed at the roots that I found when I transplanted four more cuttings into pots. The cuttings had only been rooting for about two weeks in sand and had developed a great start. I took stem tip cuttings with two nodes from a plant I have next to the vegetable garden treated them with rooting hormone and kept them in moist sand for two weeks. I didn't put any covering over them but I may not have had to water as often if I had. (score: 4 of 4)

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
This one should come as a no-brainer since catmint (a close relative) is so easy to propagate. I did the same rooting procedure as I did for the pineapple sage and had some nice roots on both cuttings I made. (score 2 of 2)

Penstemon
'Violet Dusk' penstemon (Penstemon smallii) is a piece of cake for propagating. This small perennial will grow roots from the end of the cut so internodal cuttings will work fine. Otherwise I did the same as above! (score: 4 of 6)

Hydrangea! (Hydrangea macrophylla)
OK, hydrangeas aren't a new revelation but I thought I'd mention that six new plants came from two branches of the parent plant. Stem tip cuttings aren't necessary and the roots will emerge internodally which means you don't have to have multiple nodes to get some rooting action! (score 6 of 6) One quick propagation tip: if you have large leaves consider cutting the leaf in half to reduce moisture loss. (see picture)


If you're looking for something easy to propagate give one of these four plants a try!

Don't forget to check out the previous posts!

6 comments :

  1. Great "tips" for propagating! :-)

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  2. Great tips on propagating Dave. I do the hydrangeas and sage.

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  3. Looks like your landscape is doing well this summer. You are right propagating is a ton of fun, lol.

    Jake

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  4. I have had the hardest time rooting hydrangeas this year...sigh

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  5. Great tips as always, I don't have your patience but I will have to give these plants a try. :)

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