IT’S TIME TO... PROPAGATE
Growing plants from cuttings is easy and saves money. Our gardening expert Meredith Kirton shares her top tips on how and when to do it.
Get ready to divide and multiply, and strike some new plants! Our garden expert Meredith Kirton explains how to do it.
NOW IS THE PERFECT time of year to take cuttings and propagate some of your favourite plants for free. For many plants, especially trees and shrubs, taking cuttings (also known as “slips”) is relatively simple. You end up with a carbon copy of the plant’s parent, and can get many plants from what is called your “stock”, or parent plant. Popular evergreens, including camellias, murraya, viburnum, photinias, rosemary, lilly pillies, lavender and box can all be propagated. Take cuttings about 10cm long as soon as the plant’s new growth has ripened sufficiently (enough so the plant doesn’t wilt when pruned).
Meredith Kirton is a horticulturist, landscape designer and author of several books on gardening.
Evergreens, such as lavender, are easy to propagate. Divide and conquer Take clippings from your favourite plants, or ask neighbours and friends to share theirs.