Seriously, what do I need to do to get cuttings to take root? This area of gardening baffles me. There’s definitely no “green finger touch” from me when I try to get cuttings to grow. But that’s no excuse to not try each Spring when it’s the optimal time to do this while you have the whole of summer ahead of you and plants are actively growing.
I have filled a pot full of pebbles and multi purpose compost and in a circle placed honeysuckle cuttings and rose cuttings. The ends have been dipped in rooting gel to encourage root growth. To be honest, they are droopy and don’t look great now. The heads of the roses and excess leaves have been removed so they don’t suck out too much energy. The cuttings are not completely dead, which is encouraging, so I’m keeping them well-watered especially on hot days and keeping my fingers crossed!
These self-seeded summer jasmine were found underneath my (very) mature jasmine vine. They have been dug up and planted in a pot (and yep, they are droopy too). Hopefully if they thrive they can then be planted out somewhere.
Similarly, the below photos show self-seeded evergreen shoots that I dug up from around the parent shrub. They too have been trimmed and potted up.
Earlier this year some runner beans were planted in a long rectangle pot up against a fence. In the past this particular location got plenty of sunshine and I was able to grow beans successfully. Not so this time round!
Perhaps the increased growth of nearby shrubs and trees are preventing sunshine from reaching this spot. The pot has been moved to the opposite side of the garden against another fence and voila shoots are poking their head through the soil!
Gardening involves a lot of trial and error. My cuttings might fail at the end of the day, but, there will always be other opportunities and plenty of plants to experiment on. I shouldn’t let failures to deter me from continuing to try. With the plethora of informative material out there, there is plenty for me to read up on to get ideas on how to do things successfully!