Propagating auriculas

Propagating auriculas

Boost your stock of pretty auriculas with our advice on how propagate them by dividing them.

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Beautiful and often with intricately marked flowers, auriculas are one of the charms of spring. Boosting your stock of these plants is easy and is best done when they have more than three offsets.

The ideal time to propagate auriculas is after flowering, so that new plants have a long season of growth in which to establish. Don’t forget, auriculas are prone to rotting, so they should be planted in terracotta pots in free-draining compost – a mix of John Innes No. 2, leaf mould or multi-purpose compost plus horticultural grit or perlite is perfect.

Once potted, place them in a cool, airy spot that is sheltered from rain and strong sunlight, such as a cool greenhouse, and watch out for both grub and adult vine weevils.

Follow our simple advice on propagating auriculas by division, in our step by step guide.

The ideal time to propagate auriculas is after flowering, so that new plants have a long season of growth in which to establish.
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You Will Need

  • Secateurs
  • Small terracotta pots
  • Multi-purpose, peat-free compost
  • Horticultural grit

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Step 1

To begin propagating auriculas, pull the plant apart gently, so that each section has roots and a shoot. The older flowered pieces, often in the centre, and any parts that are withered or soft, can be discarded.

Pulling the auricula rootball apart
Pulling the auricula rootball apart

Step 2

Trim each section, retaining the roots and main stem of each one, but remove the smaller, fibrous roots using sharp secateurs. Remove any dead leaves from the base too.

Trimming auricula roots
Trimming auricula roots

Step 3

Put each new plant into a small terracotta pot filled with a gritty compost mix. Plants with lower leaves removed can be planted deeply to encourage fibrous roots to develop from the stem.

Planting each offcut into a terracotta pot
Planting each offcut into a terracotta pot

Step 4

Water the compost well, then put a layer of grit on top of the compost – this will prevent the stem from rotting and will show off the plant.

Adding grit around the surface of the compost
Adding grit around the surface of the compost
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Watch out for vine weevils

Auriculas are very susceptible to vine weevils. If you spot the grubs or adults, treat the compost with a biological control or insecticidal drench.

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