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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?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.