Thursday, April 18, 2013
An Attempt At Propagation
The science of plant propagation has always intrigued me - and intimidated me. So, this spring, I thought I would start with two plants that people have told me to 'just take a cutting and stick it in the ground.'
The above photo is a forsythia cutting - I cut it below the node, scraped a bit of the bark off with a knife, dipped it in rooting hormone and put it in compost-rich soil. I will also put a cloche over it - like a mini-greenhouse.
My other cutting is elderberry. There is a video on YouTube of someone over in England showing his accidental rooting of 87 elderberry plants - as he used bare branches from an elderberry tree as pea trellises. If I have that type of haphazard luck, I will be thrilled.
If I have any success with these two - I have two more items on my wishlist. The first is a fragrant, vintage rose from my brother's old Charlottesville city/farmhouse. The other is a pale pink flowering quince from down the road - which I may need to visit under the cover of dark. I have read of people that really get into collecting plants and haunt old cemeteries and abandoned properties in hot pursuit of the ultimate cutting collections. I can see that happening with me very easily. It is all about living on the edge, I tell you!
Here's a great article on propagating roses with a mason jar.