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 NameBotanical NameMethods of Propagation Artemisia 'Powis Castle'Cuttings, Layering MilkweedAsclepias incarnataCuttings, Seeds CatmintNepetaCuttings, Division, Seeds ConeflowerEchinacea purpurea, E. paradoxa, E. augustifoliaCuttings, Division, Seeds HostaDivision, Seeds (may not come true from seed) Russian SagePerovskia atriplicifoliaHardwood and Softwood Cuttings Salvia Salvia nemorosaCuttings, 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 NameBotanical NameMethods of Propagation Birch (River)Betula nigraCuttings HydrangeaH. macrophylla, H. serrata Cuttings Hydrangea (Oak Leaf)Hydrangea quercifoliaCuttings, Seeds Japanese MapleAcer palmatumCuttings, Grafting, Seeds Red Twig DogwoodCornus sericea, C. alba Cuttings Viburnum 'Shasta'Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosaCuttings, Layering   Propagating Annuals Common NameBotanical NameMethods of Propagation…

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5 Methods to Propagate Plants!

Here's a topic I'm a huge fan of: PLANT PROPAGATION!  I've talked about it repeatedly and those of you who have followed Growing The Home Garden over the years have seen some of my plant propagation experiments.  I thought for today's Friday Five post I would highlight the various common forms of plant propagation.  I highly encourage those of you who have never tried it before to give it a go.  Some plants are very easy to propagate and nothing can beat getting free plants for your garden! Five Methods to Propagate Plants Seeds!  Seeds are one of the most popular methods of plant propagation around.  Seeds are nature's way of making more plants and sustaining the species through the diversification of genes. Every time a seed is planted there is a chance that there will be some variations in the plant's traits which could make it more adaptable to…

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Husker’s Red Penstemon in the Garden

One of the neatest perennials in our garden is 'Husker's Red' penstemon (Penstemon digitalis).  'Husker's Red' has reddish foliage that adds color to the garden during the growing season but it also blooms prolifically for several weeks in the spring.  Ours are just now starting to fade so I thought I would take a picture to share with you.  The bees love the bell like flowers that cover the plant! 'Husker's Red' was named a Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year back in 1996 for good reason. It's easy to care for and very attractive in the garden.  Our penstemon is in several locations easily accessible to deer and rabbits and haven't had any issues with the hungry animals. This penstemon grows between 2-3 feet tall and has a nice mounding habit.  It doesn't spread very much but you can help that along very easily with the propagation technique…

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A Variegated Caryopteris Cutting

Yesterday day I mentioned how quickly and easily my Snow Fairy caryopteris (Caryopteris divaricata) rooted. Today I went out and potted my little cutting up into a small 4" pot for it to grow a stronger root system before I plant it in the yard. I took a picture to show you about what size and kind of cutting I made. The caryopteris cutting is about 3 nodes long but will root along the stem so internodal cuttings are possible, at least they have been for Caryopteris clandonensis and its cultivars. I also potted up several other cuttings like Russian sage, 'Autumn Joy' Sedum, Sedum 'Matrona', and Veronica.

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Spring Plant Propagation: Agastache and Salvia

My addiction to plant propagation has reemerged from it's winter slumber. It's Spring which means it is time to get many kinds of cuttings ready for growing. It's still early and many of the plants I'd like to propagate still don't have adequate foliage but agastache, catmint, and salvia are ready to root! In my garden I planted two Agastache foeniculum 'Golden Jubilee' plants in the fall. Agastache is also known as hummingbird mint and has the square stems of other members of the mint family. If you are ever in need of an easy plant to propagate that almost never fails look for a member of the mint family! I took several two to three node cuttings dipped them in rooting hormone and placed them in wet sand.  I also added several cuttings of 'Walker's Low' Catmint (a favorite plant of mine!) to the same container. It always amazes…

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How to Propagate Montauk Daisy

Last fall I bought a 'Montauk' daisy (Nipponanthemum nipponicum) from the discount rack. The daisy looked extremely green for the time of year but I thought the plant had potential. The stems were young, almost like the plant hadn't been out of the greenhouse for very long. Because of that fact I thought why not try to make more just in case it doesn't make it through our winter? The stems were ideal for stem tip cuttings which normally I would do in the spring and summer. Fall isn't the best time to do greenwood stem cuttings since they will not have enough time to harden off before the killing winter cold. In order to keep the Montauk daisy cuttings alive I had to keep them indoors. I took 5 cuttings in the fall and the other day - after a whole winter indoors - I was able to put…

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Making More Salvias!

Even though the fall is upon us I'm still propagating my perennials. It's an addiction. One of my favorite genus of perennials is salvia. Trust me, you can never have too much salvia! The advantage I have this year is a usable frost free place to house them over the winter - (insert trumpet sound here) THE GARDEN SHED! That is once I get a plant shelf built. Yet another thing on my fall to do chore list. Today I was able to pot up 11 new 'Caradonna' salvias and 5 new 'Blue Bedder' salvias. Both have been great performers in my garden. I have this crazy notion in my head of a slope garden covered in a swath of blue and purple colored salvias, combined with a backdrop of Russian sage and purple irises. I'll talk more about that later but aside from mulching the slope area prior to…

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Fun With Plant Propagation in August!

As always plant propagation is a major event around my garden. Ever since I started playing with rooting plant material several years ago (with the dappled willows) I haven't been able to help myself. Even when I'm not able to propagate new plants I still like to add to the number of plants in the garden by propagating more of what we already have. Repetition of plants is a good design technique! (at least that's my excuse for my addiction) What have I propagated recently? I'm glad you asked! (Maybe you didn't but I'll tell you anyway.) This weekend I potted up 14 Purple Homestead Verbenas, 5 Beautyberry Bushes, 2 Caryopteris plants, 7 Salvia coccineas, 5 'Walker's Low' Catmint, and 10 'Powis Castle' Artemisias. Down below I'll tell you a little about each but every single one of these plants is very easy to propagate. If you have a question…

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Husker’s Red Propagation – The Easy Way!

I've written before about propagating Husker's Red Penstemon (Penstemon digitalis) but thanks to a garden club friend of mine I learned a new method to propagate them. She was talking to Rita Randolph of Randolph Greenhouses who passed on this little trick that I'm about to share with you. It is as easy as it gets! Here's How to Propagate Husker's Red Penstemon the easy way! First go out to your clump of Husker's Red after it has flowered and identify some stems that might be a little loose on top of the clump. Look to see if there are some small leaves beginning to regrow from the base of the clump and select a couple of the stems next to them. Firmly grasp a stem of the penstemon and give it a gentle pull. A small amount of roots should easily pull away with the long stem. Then take…

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Here’s What Rooted Today

Rooted Cuttings - Potted up Perhaps I should have titled this post "Here's What I Potted Up Today" but rooting is more exciting don't you think? Anyway this morning I potted several different kinds of cuttings that I've been propagating inside the house. This isn't the end of the propagation process since they still need to grow stronger root systems in while sitting in their own pots but they've come along way from the little twigs they were a few weeks ago. This is one of the most exciting parts of gardening to me - making new plants from little pieces of other plants. In the picture to the right I have 25 well rooted plants that will be grown on for a couple more weeks before planting in the yard. Here's what rooted: 'Husker's Red' Penstemon x3 'Black and Blue' Salvia x2 Salvia coccinea x1 Catnip x1 Russian Sage…

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