Posted: 09/10/2014 at 18:54
I have quite a few cistus, they love the open sunny bank I have in my garden. They hate being pruned so I regularly take cuttings in spring, summer and autumn. They are easy to propagate and develop quite quickly if given slightly moister conditions in a nursery bed. Once they are 2yrs old they get moved to their final position in dry sun. They don't last long, about 4-5 yrs, especially if we have a severe winter, which this winter we are forecast to have. As such my young plants will go into the cold frame for winter. They do go leggy, so once they reach that stage I dig them out and replace them with the young plants. So cuttings is really the best way to keep them in good flowering condition. Keep the cuttings compost free draining by adding plenty of grit and a dressing of grit on the top of the compost. If kept relatively warm they root in a few weeks. I let the roots fill the pot before potting on or putting them in the nursery bed so give them time to develop the roots first, you get better plants that way.