Propagating in the Early Morning

Early morning is the best time for so many things including plant propagation. Taking cuttings when it is cool prevents them from drying out and losing too much moisture before they get prepared. If a cutting dries out it very well could be the end of the road for your potentially propagated plant! This morning, as I always try to do before 7:30 AM, I went out to the garden to find something to do. It’s never hard to find some task or job that needs done, but I decided to take some cuttings. I didn’t really need to take any cuttings but it is one of my favorite things to do in the garden. I accomplished a lot over the weekend in the garden and I felt that taking a few cuttings would be a good reward.

Here are the cuttings I took today:

Plant Type of Cutting Total Cuttings
Red Twig Dogwood Greenwood, stem tip 2
Catmint ‘Walker’s Low’ Nepeta faassenii Stem tip 7
Mediterranean White Heather Stem tip 6
Viburnum ‘Shasta’ Stem tip 2
Silver Mound Greenwood, stem tip 2
Unknown Variety of Sedum Stem tip 2
Dragon’s Blood Sedum Stem tip 2
Blue Spruce Sedum Stem tip 1
Salvia nemorosa Stem and stem tip 3
Astilbe Stem tip 2
‘Purple Homestead’ Verbena Stem tip 4
Russian Sage Greenwood, stem tip 1

The astilbe is experimental and probably won’t work, but you never know if you don’t try it right? The red twig dogwoods are from greenwood cuttings which are more sensitive to moisture, or the lack of it. They are supposed to root faster than the hardwood cuttings but hardwood cuttings of red twig dogwood root very easily.


Dave has written since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 4 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave has a side business growing and selling heirloom vegetables and herb plants through Blue Shed Gardens and works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. I love the idea of propagation — I’ll be interested to see how these cuttings do.

  2. I can’t see the pictures, but I also look forward to see how your cuttings do, especially the dogwood and sage. I love those plants

  3. I did not see any picture either…?…
    You did a lot of clipping today.

  4. I had a little trouble with this post and the table since I’m not an html person. I didn’t put any pictures in but I know why you thought there should be! For some reason blogger works funny with tables. I went to Peter’s website and found the answer. If you need some blog ideas take a look at his site. It was very helpful!

  5. Good job on the post!

  6. WOW!!! 34 all at once….the sandbox is full.

  7. Thanks Tina!


    I actually use small plastic containers. You can fit quite a few cuttings into some very small spaces. I think I need to get a few more plants to take cuttings from!

  8. I’ll be interested in your progress too, I’m a “propagation dunce” who needs all the help she can find! 🙂 The only sucessful cuttings I have are from Christmas cacti in water. (Aside from my fail-proof method:propagation using cash!)

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