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21/09/2012 at 14:37

Yesterday I bought a Helianthemum Lemon Queen and I'm not ready to put it in the garden so have just repotted into some fresh compost and a bigger pot as the roots were very congested. As I returned it to its place and tried to straighten it a bit, I broke one of the three main stems, right at the bottom - clumsy article that I am :- (

I wondered if it would be possible to turn some of the useless stem into a cutting (or two). I have little experience of taking cuttings and would value some advice.

21/09/2012 at 14:55

When I started gardening OH strimmed a stem off a vine I had just bought I was so upset that I put the stem in some compost and  was really shocked when it grew. So I would say yes give it a go, but do it properly with grit and cutting at a node.


21/09/2012 at 15:00

Nothing to lose- but not sure if it'll work. Never tried with Helianthus.

Trim the broken stem to just beneath a leaf node, remove most of the foliage above this cut- leave some- & also any flower buds that were forming. Should then have a piece say 6ins long. I'd dip the bottom, cut end, into some hormone rooting powder, if you have any, but no panic if none & then pop the cutting into some moistened, gritty compost near the edge of a pot. I'd probably fix a plastic bag over the pot too to save evaporation & then put the whole into a coldframe, or sheltered corner by a wall & wait & see. You can tell if it's worked by seeing some new growth through the bag, but watch for the whole rotting off.

Just checking in book & the normal way for propagating this plant is by division in Autumn/Spring, but I suppose you can treat it like a penstemon or Fuschia both of which I treat as I've described. J.

21/09/2012 at 15:03

Thank you Jo and Kate for your prompt responses. I did just shove it in the pot while I wondered what to do. I'll give it a go and if it doesn't work, then the worms can have it to make more compost :- )

21/09/2012 at 15:08

Bread wrappers make suitable bags to keep cuttings moist. Perhaps unnecessary at this time of year.

As you need to remove the top bit from the cutting, you could simply stick that in a vase of water, and see if it flowers.

My Helenianthema are getting over now.


21/09/2012 at 16:02

Just had another thought after reading Gary's post- some of the crysanthemum family (spelling, sorry) can produce water roots when in a flower vase. Again, worth trying & seeing if yours does too. J.

21/09/2012 at 16:36

Have a go,nothing to lose.put in pot and wait.

21/09/2012 at 16:38

Thanks one and all.

Flo x

21/09/2012 at 17:15
I think it might take. are there any side shoots on the stem? Use those. I often do that to plants. So careful bringing them home only to see them blow over in the wind. I got some echinaceas In the big boxes, in full flower and I was sure I would break the stems unpacking or planting. This time it was ok. At this time of the year I grow for next season anyway but it is nice to see the flower
21/09/2012 at 18:11

Thanks christopher. I can blame the wind, it was my clumsiness. But I will try side shoots.

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