Taking summer cuttings of perennials and bedding plants will root really well at this time of the year, in the warm weather and quickly become strong enough to withstand the harsh winter.

You will need to start with a healthy piece of plant and use clean, sterile materials from secateurs to pot and propagating mix. Put cuttings into a pot filled with well-drained propagating medium, which can be bought at the nursery.

Cuttings should be 5 to 10cm long. You will need to then make a straight cut beneath a pair of leaves and then remove all the lower leaves that would rot in the soil if they were left there. Most cuttings root better if the cut end is dipped in hormone rooting liquid or powder. Then you will need to fill a pot with some soil. It is then best to insert several cuttings around the edge of a pot, making sure their leaves clear of the surface and water well.

If you want to increase your chance of getting good results, its best to make several cuttings, if doing more than one type of cuttings, make sure to label them. It is also a good idea to cover the pot with a clear plastic bag, held in place with an elastic band, to stop the cuttings from drying out. The best place to leave the cuttings is then in a light place.

If you need any more advice on taking cuttings or any other gardening related issues please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at Blue Iris Landscapes.

Top Tips for August

  • Give any woodwork a lick of paint or preserver to brighten up your garden whilst the weather is dry.
  • Check Clematis for signs of wilt, it’s very important that you keep all of your flowers well-watered during the warmer weather.
  • The lawns need to be mown lightly and often. To give them a mulch during hot weather you can leave the clippings on the lawn.