Plant Propagation Guide

Here is a little guide on various plants that you can propagate in your home garden. I’ve included the types of propagation where I’ve been successful (seeds, Layering, Division, Cuttings, etc.).  If I can do it so can you!

Propagating Perennials

Common Name Botanical Name Methods of Propagation
Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’ Cuttings, Layering
Milkweed Asclepias incarnata Cuttings, Seeds
Catmint Nepeta Cuttings, Division, Seeds
Coneflower Echinacea purpurea, E. paradoxa, E. augustifolia Cuttings, Division, Seeds
Hosta Division, Seeds (may not come true from seed)
Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia Hardwood and Softwood Cuttings
Salvia Salvia nemorosa Cuttings, Seeds


Propagating Shrubs and Trees

Trees and shrubs can be propagated from a variety of methods.  Always get good, clean, disease free material when taking cuttings.

Common Name Botanical Name Methods of Propagation
Birch (River) Betula nigra Cuttings
Hydrangea H. macrophylla, H. serrata  Cuttings
Hydrangea (Oak Leaf) Hydrangea quercifolia Cuttings, Seeds
Japanese Maple Acer palmatum Cuttings, Grafting, Seeds
Red Twig Dogwood Cornus sericea, C. alba  Cuttings
Viburnum ‘Shasta’ Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosa Cuttings, Layering


Propagating Annuals

Common Name Botanical Name Methods of Propagation
Coleus Cuttings, Seeds
Impatiens Cuttings, Seed
Petunia Seed

Propagating Herbs

Common Name Botanical Name Methods of Propagation
Basil Cuttings, Seeds
Oregano Division, Seeds
Stevia Cuttings, Seeds

This page is in progress! For specific information on how to propagate plants and links to posts on some of the plants I have propagated go to this post on plant propagation for home gardeners.

2 Replies to “Plant Propagation Guide”

  1. I am an experienced gardener. For months I have been attempting to root coleus with NO success? As I have done for years, I put the cuttings in water in a clear glass near my kitchen sink, so I will see the roots easily. Instead of growing roots, the ends of the stems get very soft and fall apart. I do not give up easily, so I try more cuttings, with the same result. Does anyone have an idea what is going on?

  2. What about using vermeculite?

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