Saturday, 26 October 2019

Potting On In The Polytunnel..

It's been rather a washout here in Ireland this week.  I only managed half a day gardening outside.  Yesterday we bought three bags of potting compost and I spent the afternoon and this morning potting on my cuttings.

It's always a joy to see if they have grown roots.   There are hydrangea, dog wood, hebe, rosemary, fuchsias, cotoneasters, sedums, nepeta, pelargoniums, lavender..   Lots and lots of new plants.  The majority are shrubs with  a few dozen perennials.  Most perennials can be divided but I like to make cuttings too.



A glimpse inside the polytunnel.  There are lots of newly rooted cuttings, kale plants and potato stalks emerging from the polystyrene packaging.

Hardwood cuttings  can start to be taken now.  I tend to make lots of cornus or dogwood cuttings  at this time of year.   You can make your own little shrub nursery and plant them directly  in the soil in the veg plot or grow them in large pots in a cold greenhouse or polytunnel.  Just water them if necessary.   Next Spring they will start sprouting leaves and roots.

Have you had much success with cuttings?





27 comments:

  1. It will be great to see the cuttings take, I am sure you will have great success and some to sell on. Nice to see such a great variety you are putting in, including things like Rosemary.

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  2. Hi Rachel. Potting them on allows me to see if they have roots yet. The majority of them have. I just take cuttings of any shrub l find in the gardens. I didn't even bother using any hormone rooting powder this batch. It was just a matter of keeping them regular watered and weed free. Thanks.

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  3. A fellow in the park called to ask if he could take some of the butterfly bush I left behind at the old trailer, that now has new tenants, who we never see, and are not around to ask. I understand he did it in the dark of night, anyway.

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  4. Hi Joanne. Every garden needs a Buddleia bush. I made half a dozen cuttings too. The Butterflies love the Sedums too. The fellow in the park sounds like he's a very dedicated gardener. Thanks.

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  5. Hydrangeas would be very welcome in my garden. Not sure what happened to my last one.

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    1. Aphids attack them. I thought that was why mine were going red/brown. But it turned out it was a mixture of wind burn and not enough water. They dont seem to like being cold wind blown

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    2. Hi Sol. That's another good reason for taking cuttings. We lost most of our Osteospurnums and Hebes in 2010. Now we have almost replaced all the ones we lost to the snow and frost. Some people leave Hydrangeas flowers on the shrub until spring to prevent the rot going down the softwood stems. Hope you're well. It's getting colder here. How's Scotland?

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  6. Hi Valerie. Lidl had some lovely Hydrangeas a month or so a go. I think they were pink. They are very easy to root from their softwood cuttings. I have over a dozen new Hydrangea plants. Thanks.

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  7. my success rate is really quite bad here in Scotland for cuttings. It really is down to it being colder and that I dont have a poly tunnel or a green house.

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  8. Yes cuttings and tender plants need glass or plastic to protect them. Even on very wet days you can still potter about and do some gardening. You'll have to drop some hints for your Christmas presents Sol.

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    1. if I cant find one on gumtree it wont happen for a few years, I will have to save the pennies

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  9. I knew someone who made a polytunnel out of plastic water pipes, polythene sheeting and a wooden doorframe. It worked brilliantly.

    First tunnels have a mini tunnel for sale for one hundred pounds. Check their website Sol.

    Cold frames and cloches are good too.

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    1. thanks Dave I will check it out. I need to grow a lot from seed next year to fill the garden with plants as I cant really afford to buy them. Grand designs on the garden and I need to do it for nothing really

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  10. Are there any gardening clubs near where you live Sol? I keep dividing perennials and taking cuttings and any plants we buy get split in two. There are a lot of perennials that can be grown from seed and very inexpensively. Wish you lived near me. I would give and swap perennials and shrubs. Good luck.

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