Gardening is one of my hobbies, and I have a few magnificent flowering bushes in my front yard which I love so much that I would like to also see them in my backyard. However, I am nothing if not cheap, LOL, so I plan to propagate them this year using cuttings.
Basically, propagating is making an entirely new plant out of an existing plant, by taking a cutting from the plant and coaxing it to grow its own root system. This process takes about a month or so, depending upon the plant, but it is extremely easy to do.
Propagation really needs to be done at this time of year so the new plants have a long growing season prior to dormancy, so start looking around at your flowering bushes to see which ones you might want to propagate, either for yourself or to share with a friend or loved one, and we can do it together.
You will need the following items, which you probably already have at home if you do any gardening: (1) a planting container for each cutting, which must have drainage holes at the bottom; (2) equal parts peat moss and perlite; (3) Saran wrap; (4) sharp pruners (but really sharp scissors will also do); (5) a spray mister; and (6) a location which gets plenty of light without being in the direct sun.
(Note that I usually use a high-quality commercial soil in place of the peat moss and perlite, which you can also do, but bear in mind that since I no longer have any children at home, I have time to fuss with the cuttings on a daily basis to ensure sufficient moisture levels. For those of you who work a lot and/or have children at home, the peat/perlite mixture will probably work better, because it will retain moisture much better, and thus require less fuss.)
Starting tomorrow (assuming I do not get heat stroke, LOL, since it is over 100 degrees in West Virginia right now – yikes!) I will be explaining how you can propagate your flowering bushes with cuttings as well. It is really easy to do with just some very simple instructions, it saves a ton of money, and is a great way to fill your yard with your favorite beautiful blooms for as close to free as you can get. If you have friends and family members who have woody flowering plants you admire, as most of us do, you can very easily trade cuttings with them as well, and both benefit from this knowledge for many years to come.
I plan to show you how to do cuttings with both a pink crepe myrtle and a lavender butterfly bush, and will post detailed step-by-step instructions on the blog, including photographs, so you can see for yourself exactly how it is done.
See you soon! :-)