Monday 1 July 2019

Plant Cuttings With Roots For Free.

I water my plants every morning.  Sometimes I check my cuttings to see if they have roots.  Here are three Sedums and a Nepeta plant.  I made them three weeks a go.  All you do is get some scissors and take off a cutting a couple of inches long or so.  Leave just two leaves at the top of the cutting and remove any surplus leaves and place your cutting in a tray or flower pot full of compost or in a glass of water.  I placed mine in a tray and didn't bother with hormone rooting powder.  I also pinched out the tip of the cutting so the new plant will go bushy instead of growing tall and leggy.

Hey presto.  Four new plants.  They really are fun to make.  Go on take some cuttings today.  Its amazing when you see roots growing on your new plants.  Are you successful with your cuttings?  


  1. You see, know-how is important. Now I know, I can have another go. First, though, I need to sort the grass out.

  2. Thank Valerie. You could always plant up the area where the perennials lived with shrubs, annuals..? I have made a vow that I won't plant anything that doesn't flower. Gorgeous here today on the sunny Irish riviera. What's it like in Blighty? Thanks!

    1. One VERY hot day and one sunny and warm, and now back to dull and cloudy and just about warm! What a strange summer!

    2. Its a very strange summer. We could do with it raining at night. I am watering morning and night.

  3. Not perennials, Pampas grass. Sorry.

  4. You need a green thumb to achieve what you do!
    I take cuttings from this and that, geraniums mainly. It's always touch and go

  5. Nah! Just obsession and lots of tlc and watering LA. Thanks!

  6. I use those little jars that herbs come in, and water. They are the perfect size for an offshoot or cutting, small enough for the leaves to rest on the rim. At any one time there will be a selection on my kitchen windowsill, so I remember to top up the water level. I'd say I get at least 90% success rate, no matter what the plant. Easy-peasey!

  7. Thanks for the tip Veg Artist. Its good to read that other people enjoy the wonder of rooting cuttings. Thanks!

  8. Normal hydrangeas I seem to have 100% success rate. everything else, maybe 4/10. Climbing hydrangeas I did 4 cuttings only one has taken. I dont know what I did wrong. I have one Ceanothus (Californian blue lilac) that has taken, I made about 20 cuttings. I am hoping to have some flowers to cut next year and to have colour most of the year. I have no idea how to achieve this but I am trying .

  9. Hi Sol. I have lost a few cuttings this week due the sun scorching them. Its always a balancing act getting the compost not too wet or dry. Catmint and Sedum are my easiet cuttings to take and roses and laurel can seem an eternity to root. I think sometimes you have just got to leave them and wait. Thanks!

  10. Wouldn't I love to be doing a little job like that at the moment ! See my latest and thanks for the inspiration that I can take from your plot until mine is further on .

  11. Thanks Angela. Overgrown veg plots and gardens don't daunt me. You can make a lot of progress with a petrol strimmer at the moment. Are you having a garden part to your allotment with flowers and maybe a lawn? Are you going to make raised beds? Japanese winter onions can planted in August. Look forward to following your allotment progress.

  12. I don't have a strimmer and I will wait a while and offer jars of homemade jam/chutney to one of the people who are fast becoming friends at the plot for a loan .No flowers or lawn for me .We inherited a lovely potting bench , table and chairs and a bench . I want to sit and admire the veg when it comes . I have runners , leeks and sprout plants in a cold frame at home ready to go in soon .The raised beds have collapsed but I will work on them .Japanese onions - tell me more .Sorry about length of reply but you did ask . Maybe I could e mail you else where ?

  13. You could always hire a strimmer Angela? Saying that they are worth buying. Japanese onions are an onion that you plant in September. You can start them off in seeds or in setts. They put up with everything winter can throw at them. is one of my email addresses that I use.

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