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My cuttings!

Posted: 20/09/2012 at 21:49

I am a very keen and quite successful cuttings-taker, but don't ever keep cuttings alive in Perlite alone - wonder what I am doing wrong? The perlite doesn't seem to 'set' and the cuttings just fall over and die. What I am intrigued with LL, is how close you keep your trays one above the other in the greenhouse? I'm always worried they don't get enough light so only stack 2 layers deep - thus never enough room in the greenhouse!


Posted: 01/03/2012 at 18:37

EASY! Heucheras do have a short life (in my experience 2, maybe 3 years before that happens. I have only ever bought one each of every variety I own (about 10?) and have loads of plants of each variety now. In the Autumn I cut off little plantlets from the outside of the plant, make sure the cut is clean and put them in a mix of approximately half compost, half gritty sand. I just leave them standing around outside in the winter and find that at least 33% have rooted in late spring/early Summer. I just judge them ready to pot up when they've started growing. A year and a half later the plant is very big and will have loads of new 'plantlets' to start all over again. Some varieties obviously work better than others, I have not had much luck with the black ones, but the caramel-type colours are very successful indeed. Hope you don't become as obsessed with propagating them as I am!

Talkback: Trees for small gardens

Posted: 24/11/2011 at 15:28
I agree with the comment from the person about the 30m tree - WOW, that's HUGE!! Another small tree that we planted a year ago in our North-West facing garden on top of a very windy hill is the Caragana arborescens or Siberian Pea Tree. The description says that it "can grow up to 6 metres tall but in practice seldom exceeds about 3 metres".
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