Plant Propagation Update!

It's been a while since I've talked much about plant propagation so that means it's time to talk plant propagation! Here's a picture update of what has been rooting in my garden. Almost all the following plants were kept in my simple plant propagation chamber (that's a fancy name for the two big plastic boxes on my front porch).

You might remember the winter jasmine I rooted a few weeks ago, it's OK if you don't because here's more!  It's such a great plant because blooms in late winter or very early spring.  Trust me seeing those bright yellow flowers popping out when nothing else is blooming after a long cold winter is a welcome sight to this gardener!

Here's a 'Shasta' viburnum that rooted. It's one of three out of three that rooted.  100% rooted with sand and your standard garden store variety powdered rootin' hormone.


And here are the perennials!  14 'Caradonna' salvias are on the right, 20 'Clara Curtis' mums are on the left and in the middle somewhere are two 'Powis Castle' artemisias and two 'Hotlips' salvias.

Here are a couple of the 'Shasta' viburnums potted up and ready for more root growing. I mixed a good dose of bone meal into the soil to help promote root growth. It has a 4-12-0 NPK rating which should help with root growth because of the phosphorus and not concentrate on foliar growth as much. NPK stands for Nitrogen - Phosphorus - Potassium. Nitrogen promotes green growth (foliage and stems), phosphorus is important for roots and cell formation and potassium does a variety of other functions like managing water intake and improving photosynthesis.

And now in this area we have several crape myrtles, more winter jasmine, my 3 'Shasta' viburnums, 6 'Homestead Purple' verbenas, a Russian sage, and one hydrangea.

The crape myrtles were a little wilty after leaving the humid comfort of their growing chamber (yep that ole plastic box thing again.) It was an overcast afternoon which is a great time for transplanting cuttings like these. A little water and time in the shade and these cuttings will adjust fine to life in the great outdoors.

Here they all are tucked in together in their bed. I need a better way to organize them but since the deer can't get to the plants in this bed organization will just have to come later!


For more information on plant propagation check out the plant propagation page!