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Only starting out on the cuttings route myself. Might be that they are waiting for some warmth now there is some more daylight to really get them going. I've got seedlings that are not looking so good but hanging on in there. Are you able to gently have a look at the roots, if they are pot bound that might be the cause of poor health.
Think a lot of the garden centre ones are probably forced in some way which is why they look so good. 15 ones that have survived the winter sounds good to me
I took cuttings about same time as you RD and re-potted them about 4-6 weeks ago with fresh mpc and all seem to be producing new shoots and looking healthy, but still not really any bigger than original cutting, except my nemesia cuttings which I overwintered in an unheated covered walkway with a perspex roof along the side of my house. I have pinched them out a couple of times already. I think Hollie Hock is right about needing more warmth and light but also think some new compost would help. Hurry up spring?!
Good luck with the repotting - I don't have a vast knowledge of gardening but have done a lot a cuttings - I'm guessing I'm on the right lines as nobody as said otherwise. Sorry for dalayed reply bloomin' internet went awol for a few days.
No I havent RD. Like you I overwintered mine in order to take cuttings but I read somewhere that they dont root well from cuttings - apparently they have a tendancy to go 'mushy'. Maybe we should have an experiment and see how we get on? I get really dispondant if my plants fail that's why I havent done any of these cuttings yet, but it's probably worth a go. What do you think?
PS: good roots on your cuttings looks like a good sign!
Just reading your posts on htis subject girls! I've mainly done cuttings later in year etc but I wonder if the problem is the compost you've used Red? I would tend to use fresh compost and I wonder if there's not been enough nourishment there and possibly some virus or infection in the spent compost, hence the no leaf/brown leaf problem. Now that you've 'kicked on' (know the term well!) they should be ok. If you have decent root systems you should get plenty of plants. Fingers crossed!
I think the weather conditions this year aren't helping either as we're all having to try and create what should be happening naturally.
Red Dahlia, unless you looking forward to experimenting with taking cineraria cutting, I saw in Morrisons today (after a tip off on another thread about fuschias which were £1 each ) they also had various other plants including a tray of 6 cineraria for £2. Could get some as 'an insurance policy'.
As for the cuttings I was going to cut the top leafy bit of the stems, take some of the lower leaves off and pot these. Will bring them inside too - my plants overwintered in a sheltered outside corner. Also when I have got my cuttings I will cut back the plant to some of the lower new shoots, that are starting to appear and repot it in fresh compost.
Red Dahlia how are your cineraria cuttings doing? I took my cuttings last weekend (14 Apr), only one is looking a little weary as yet, so am hopeful of a positive outcome.
Thanks Verdun - you're a mine of information.
I'll put that in my notebook for future reference. Did have mine in a covered propergator on top of a cupboard in my utility area, which has a perspex roof, but they got too hot so I removed the cover. Think'll move them to a lower position out of direct light now and perhaps put its cover back.
Red Dahlia - know the feeling - I don't have dahlia cuttings - will try them next year. I seem to be forever sourcing more pots and compost - but as we all know, where do you put them all, when its not warm enough to plant out.
Verdun - do you have any tips on growing lavender from seed or cuttings?
Thanks once again Verdun, you're an absolute star
Any ideas on how to take camelia cuttings. I have seen a lovely red double petalled bush and would love to try and root a bit.