Mul­ti­ply your peren­ni­als with root cut­tings

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

1 Lift a plant and wash of the soil to see the roots. With large woody plants, sim­ply ex­pose some thick roots by ex­ca­vat­ing with a trowel.

2 Us­ing a sharp knife or secateurs, cut sev­eral thick roots into sec­tions. Make a straight cut at the top and an­gled cut at the base.

3 Make each cut­ting around 2-3in (5-7cm) in length. Longer pieces of root can be cut sev­eral times to make sev­eral cut­tings.

4 In­sert cut­tings into a pot of com­post and grit, so that their tops are flush with the com­post’s sur­face. Wa­ter and place in a cold frame.

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