Printer Friendly

Multiplying favorite perennials with stem cuttings.

Spring is the best time to plant cuttings from your favorite perennials. Among the easiest to multiply from stem cuttings are perennial alyssum, carnations, catmint, coreopsis, dusty miller, gaillardia, penstemon, and yarrows.

Start in the morning, when growth is freshest. You need sharp clippers and a plastic bag. Look for nonflowering shoots that are mature enough to snap when bent. Make a clean diagonal cut 2 to 4 inches from the tip of the shoot, just below a leaf. Put the cuttings in the plastic bag to keep them from wilting.

Next you need a coarse, sterile, moistureholding soil medium such as perlite, vermiculite, or sand. We used equal parts vermiculite (to hold moisture) and perlite (to keep soil from getting soggy).

To prepare a cutting, pinch off lower leaves. Dip the leafless end in rooting hormone if you like. Poke a 1 1/2- to 2-inchdeep hole in the rooting soil, insert the cutting, and push soil around it. Plant three cuttings to a 4-inch pot; water, and put pots in a humidity chamber. To prevent it from drying out, put the chamber in shade, and mist plants frequently.

In about a month, roots should be at least 1/2 inch long. To test, tug cutting gently; if it resists, it's ready to transplant into a small container of potting soil.

Water and fertilize regularly. When plants are well rooted and of good size, transplant them into the garden or share them with friends.
COPYRIGHT 1989 Sunset Publishing Corp.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 1989 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Date:May 1, 1989
Previous Article:The riverbed look ... without water.
Next Article:Whey waste sun on a driveway? Make it into a patio.

Related Articles
Pronto perennials ... from seed to bloom in their first year.
The obliging penstemons.
Perennial show-offs.
Keeping perennials in shape.
A band of plants for gardeners who dig the blues.
Keep perennials in shape all year.
New perennials fast - for free.
Perennials for an instant show.
What to do in your garden in May.
Whopper perennials: tall bloomers steal the spotlight in beds and borders.

Terms of use | Copyright © 2017 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters