• Free Plants for Next Spring

    29th September 2014Timely AdviceStephanie Donaldson

    pelargonium cuttings being propagated en masse
    I’ve been taking lots of cuttings of half hardy plants over the last couple of weeks – the warm weather means that everything is still in tip top condition and there are lots of non-flowering side shoots which are ideal. It really is easy-peasy – cut below a leaf joint, strip back  the lower leaves and then pop the cuttings round the edge of a 10cm pot (for some reason cuttings root better round a pot’s margins). Water and cover with fleece to retain moisture or pop the pot in a plastic bag. I find the fleece better – the plastic bag tends to fill with condensation which can cause the cuttings to rot. So far I’ve taken cuttings from salvias, lavender and pelargoniums, although I can’t claim to have done so one the scale they do at Loseley Park where I photographed their pelargonium cuttings recently.