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I have had to cut back a shrub in my mum's garden as her house is being sold and photographer needs a better view of the house for photos. It flowers beautifully - pink in summer but I don't know what it is... I have taken some of the cuttings to my own garden to try and propagate them but not sure how to go about this. Can I put photos on to see if anyone can identify the plant?
I've had another look and I think it's a Kolkwitzia (probably) Amabilis which has all the characteristics of the shrub in mum's garden. I'll go back and take photos tomorrow if that would help.
Picture of unknown shrub...
If it is kolkwitzia amabilis, semi- ripe cuttings - which will not be available for a few months yet. I assume you have just taken the cuttings, so I suspect they are softwood. These will require special care - mist etc.. Wait until early July to take cuttings, remove the soft tips and cover teh cuttings with a freezer bag or something similar.
Alternatively, have a look at the base and see if you can see any suckers. This is a good time to lift one, with roots and soil, pot up and keep in a sheltered spot.
Ok Many thanks I'll check for suckers and see if I can find any. Do I need to keep the softwood cuttings I've taken in my greenhouse?
It can't do any harm to keep them and see what happens. I remember once propagating vitis coignettii from hardwood cuttings and reading a week later that they did not strike from hardwood cuttings. I nearly chucked them out, but 2 out of 10 were successful, and I only wanted two!
Worth a try anyway, thanks.