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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Propagating Asclepias incarnata through Cuttings!

I'm always interested in trying to make new plants and recently I decided to give my Asclepias incarnata a try.  Asclepias or butterfly weed make great host plants for butterfly larvae.   I've always assumed that asclepias needed to be grown from seed or from root cuttings but as it turns out they will root easily from stem tip cuttings.  I guess it just goes to show that there's nothing wrong with giving something a new try even if you have some doubts!

I took the stem tip cuttings about 6 weeks ago applied rooting hormone and placed the cuttings in moist sand in a plastic cup.  I kept the cuttings in a humid environment for the duration and kept them watered.  I checked the asclepias cuttings periodically for rooting by giving them a gentle tug.  If I didn't feel resistance I left them alone.

Yesterday I was able to pot up three of three asclepias cuttings.  Now I'll have to find some of my orange butterfly weed to give it a try!

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