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Propagation Days

August 17th, 2017

This is the time of year to start propagating shrubs and other plants. I have a large garden space to fill and am wanting to propagate some of my favorite shrubs, which means I need to propagate regularly. Now that things are settling down and I have nursery space in the garden, I’m propagating in earnest. A month ago I took 80 boxwood cuttings, earlier this week I took 37 yew cuttings, along with 40 or so cuttings of three different hydrangeas.

Last this week I have a few other varieties of hydrangeas and some viburnum I plan on propagating as well. If I have time and the pots, I’ll try propagating a few clematis as well, particularly my ‘Sweet Autumn’ because I want to grow it up the front of the house. Propagating takes time, that’s for sure, but you can save a bundle and it’s so satisfying. Even though it takes much longer to get mature plants, knowing that you did it yourself and having offspring of plants in your garden is well worth the investment.

Are you propagating anything this summer?

5 Comments to “Propagation Days”
  1. Nebraska Dave on August 17, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Susy, I’ve always wanted to try propagating my Rugosa Rose and now another bush kind of rose bush. I never knew what time of the year was the best to try it. I have one Rugosa that I would like to divide and plant in another area. Is this the right time of the year to do that? I’ve always suspected Spring was that time but never seemed to have the time in the Spring.

    Have a great propagation day.

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    • Susy on August 17, 2017 at 11:43 am

      It’s probably the right time to propagate roses, most shrubs are perfect for propagation right now.

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  2. Emily on August 17, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Hi Susy! I’ve always wanted to spread Camellias. I once read that these plants grow in tropical climates so a good time to plant them is in summer where the weather is warm and humid or in cool winters, but I didn’t have any luck, they didn’t grow as I expected. I want to try again but I want to be sure that it’s a good time to plant it. Could spring be a good season for her?

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  3. Jaye Whitney on August 17, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Do you have any tips on propagating rosemary? I haven’t been able to do it successfully.

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  4. Lindsey @ BigBearFarm on August 23, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    This year I propagated some rosemary and also seaberry – with great results! They will go down in our big garden. I didn’t really think about propagating hydrangea until you talked about it! Now, I will be doing that, and some beautiful carpet roses in a couple of weeks for next year.

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