“The earth has music for people who listen.” ~ Shakespeare
Last week I mentioned how I have much less time in the garden than I used to. I have reviewed my garden plan to add plenty more perennial plants. I have a few plants in my garden that already seem to thrive on neglect, so I plan to propagate them from cuttings and replicate their survival success throughout the garden!
So even though it is technically Autumn down under, (and not traditionally the best time to propagate from cuttings) the weather is still warm here in Western Australia. I’m giving it a go.
Because I don’t have much to lose! I’m investing a bit of time in the greenhouse and a few dollars worth of supplies.
Which is why propagating from cuttings is frankly, awesome. Lots of plants for a few cents each for a small amount of effort and a little bit of waiting.
You know I love my thrifty garden solutions. But my paper pots aren’t suitable for propagating from cuttings, they tend to collapse and disintegrate before the plant can strike good roots. I reuse all my pots, but I run out fast.
But, I have a sneaky propagation hack to share with you that makes propagating from cuttings even easier and cheaper, and I’ve found it improves my overall strike rate.
I plant my cuttings in snap lock snack bag “pots”.
I fill the bag with my seed raising mix, (I’ve added pearlite instead to vermiculite in this instance).
Then I snip the bottom corners of the bag for drainage.
Next, I simply take a hardwood cutting (I’m using wormwood here), dip it in rooting powder and insert into the bag.
I even use the seal to secure the cutting in place, to ensure it doesn’t wiggle about.
That’s it! Too easy!
The best part is, the cuttings stay moist, without drying out or being too wet. If it does rain, there’s no risk of them getting waterlogged. I can check the cuttings easily, you can literally see the roots through the bag!
Plus, I’m able to prepare a lot of them at once. I buy various sized bags, but the ones I used in the photos I bought from my local discount outlet, 100 bags for $2.
When the roots have established well enough to plant, I can snip the bag off and pop it straight into the ground.
As always, I would love to hear if it works for you too. Or not!