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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Plant Propagation Guide

Here is a little guide on various plants that you can propagate in your home garden. I've included the types of propagation where I've been successful (seeds, Layering, Division, Cuttings, etc.).  If I can do it so can you!

Propagating Perennials

Common NameBotanical NameMethods of Propagation
Artemisia 'Powis Castle'Cuttings, Layering
MilkweedAsclepias incarnataCuttings, Seeds
CatmintNepetaCuttings, Division, Seeds
ConeflowerEchinacea purpurea, E. paradoxa, E. augustifoliaCuttings, Division, Seeds
HostaDivision, Seeds (may not come true from seed)
Russian SagePerovskia atriplicifoliaHardwood and Softwood Cuttings
Salvia Salvia nemorosaCuttings, Seeds


Propagating Shrubs and Trees

Trees and shrubs can be propagated from a variety of methods.  Always get good, clean, disease free material when taking cuttings.
Common NameBotanical NameMethods of Propagation
Birch (River)Betula nigraCuttings
HydrangeaH. macrophylla, H. serrata Cuttings
Hydrangea (Oak Leaf)Hydrangea quercifoliaCuttings, Seeds
Japanese MapleAcer palmatumCuttings, Grafting, Seeds
Red Twig DogwoodCornus sericea, C. alba Cuttings
Viburnum 'Shasta'Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosaCuttings, Layering


Propagating Annuals

Common NameBotanical NameMethods of Propagation
ColeusCuttings, Seeds
ImpatiensCuttings, Seed

Propagating Herbs

Common NameBotanical NameMethods of Propagation
BasilCuttings, Seeds
OreganoDivision, Seeds
SteviaCuttings, Seeds

This page is in progress! For specific information on how to propagate plants and links to posts on some of the plants I have propagated go to this post on plant propagation for home gardeners.


  1. I am an experienced gardener. For months I have been attempting to root coleus with NO success? As I have done for years, I put the cuttings in water in a clear glass near my kitchen sink, so I will see the roots easily. Instead of growing roots, the ends of the stems get very soft and fall apart. I do not give up easily, so I try more cuttings, with the same result. Does anyone have an idea what is going on?


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