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We have one of these plants growing in the front garden - about early June (here in NW England) it displays a massive amount of bright pink flowers, then seems to die off to a very brittle plant - not sure what it is.
Anyway, when it was flowering, we took some cuttings and put them in a pot with a bag over, in the sun, inside the house.
It took really well, and two weeks later, there was loads of little green leaves, and it was getting nice and strong.
I took the bag off the top, and in the following week or two after, they've started to get brittle - though I noticed the parent plant has too, now it's displayed.
Any idea what I should do now?
Hi Mozza. That's so brittle I can't see what it is.
In the house, in the sun is hard on cuttings and it looks as though each cutting has a lot of top growth, one shoot would make a better cutting than a branched stick.
How about a photo of the one in the garden to see what's happening there
Thanks - this is the parent plant, outside.
It's lost all the flowers now - they don't last long.
Weirdly, the cuttings did really well with a bag over, but they are slowly dying off now I've taken it off.
I think you need a cuttings lesson but i'm not the person to give it. I'll bump you up to the top of the forum and see if someone else can.
Is it a small Rhododendron or Azalea? If so need ericaceous soil/compost. If so, can propagate by seed in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe or root semi-ripe cuttings in late summer. Semi ripe are new shoots that are just beginning to harden off and have not flowered this season.I think a whole branch was just a little too much for the new roots to cope with.
Can layer in autumn apparently, this is drawing a lower branch to the ground and pinning it down, can put a little soil over it and forgetting about it whilst the branch develops roots into the soil. this eventually can be separated from parent plant, takes a while though, like until next season.
with anything you re-plant you need to water daily until you are sure its taken ,often up to year with some plants.
This will show you how to take semi-ripe cuttings http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/projects/creative-projects/how-to-take-semi-ripe-cuttings/301.html
Don't forget to use rainwater if it is an azalea/rhodi....