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#1 Lyra

Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:31 PM

hi there! I am total idiot when it comes to gardens and all things gardening so please, hang onto your hats, this question could come out garbled LOL

We have a bush in the front of our yard that is out of control and has been getting steadily worse since we moved in because we have never trimmed it (or whatever it is you do LOL) Anyway, we are ripping out all the plants in our garden, taking it all back to basics and starting again with 'plants for gardening idiots'  But, the problem is that this bush thing attracts masses of butterflies in the spring. It's beautiful. So, what we want to do is to cut/transplant/insert actual technical term and put the cuttings into pots to make it more manageable. Ideally, we would like to have a few pots along a retaining wall to block people looking into the front of the house which is, I suspect, why the plant was put in the first place

Did anyone follow that? And can anyone give me any advice on what to do? We are having a working bee to get this done (also needs to be cleared so we can fit a wheelchair ramp in) so your instructions may be passed onto someone else biggrin.gif

#2 SeaPrincess

Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:34 PM

I'm no expert, but do you know what it is?  Some things grow very easily from cuttings, but others don't.

R

#3 *mylittleprince*

Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:34 PM

Bunnings run heaps of courses and also give great gardening advice. I would use them as a first port of call.

#4 Chasing daisies

Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:35 PM

It depends on the type of plant it is....not all plants can be grown easily by a cutting.
If you really love the plant i would find out what it is and how it would tolerate being moved/pruned and placed in a large pot

Edited by Chasing daisies, 03 April 2012 - 05:36 PM.


#5 Escapin

Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:38 PM

Can you post a photo of it?

#6 Lyra

Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:42 PM

QUOTE (Escapin @ 03/04/2012, 05:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Can you post a photo of it?


that would be helpful seeming as I don't know what it is LOL  I don't have a photobucket account or anything like that sad.gif

mylittleprince I didn't even think of bunnings  ddoh.gif Maybe I could take a bit of the plant and see what they say.

At the end of the day, as much as I love it, it really does have to go but I would like to have a shot at saving it


#7 overthehill

Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:42 PM

Or take a photo to your garden centre?

#8 Berrie

Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:52 PM

It sounds like it could be a Buddleia, they attract lots of butterflies and get a bit straggly and out of control if not pruned. You can take softwood cuttings, that's the new growth at the top and not the woody stems. You will need to dip the cuttings in a rooting hormone which you can buy at Bunnings, and then plant the cuttings in a sandy mix in pots. Keep them moist but not drowned.  Hopefully that helps and you have some success.

#9 Amanda_R

Posted 03 April 2012 - 05:53 PM

Plant propagation is pretty simple, but the method depends on the plant itself.  Most of the time you take a cutting from new growth, at least 20cm long, trim up to the first set of leaves, remove them and possible the second set, trim the tips of the other leaves, then put gently in a pot of potting mix.  You can dip in some hormone rooting powder or gel if you wish, I don't always bother, but it's worth doing to up your strike rate.

Ideally you want a soft stem from your cutting, new growth shoots are usually perfect.  Chose a healthy looking shoot, and try to cut with at least 3 pairs of leaves, if not more, just so you have enough to turn into root, and enough for the plant to grow.

If you google 'propagating plants' and similar you'll find a LOT of good tutorials with pictures, and videos etc.  You'll be able to pretty quickly work out what method is best for your plant.  Even if you don't know what your plant is called, you'll be able to tell in terms of what the plant looks like, growth and the like (similar 'style' if you will).

Good luck, propagating plants is fun and so easy once you get the hang of it.



#10 Lyra

Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:28 PM

Thank you Berrie and AmandaR. I have until the end of the month so I think I might grab some pots and some of that stuff you were talking about and give it a go

#11 Guest_Cathode_*

Posted 03 April 2012 - 07:39 PM

As others have said - depends on what it is as to whether cuttings will take or not.
Another method is called layering (where you bend a stem to the soil and bury it (leaving top out) - but that takes a while for the roots to develop.

Cut a branch and take it to your local nursery to find out what it is. Then google how to propagate it.




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