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.

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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.

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