Propagation – growing my own garden

This year I intend to propagate as much as possible. I have dabbled with propagation in previous years but only ever on a minor scale. Three years ago I took a cutting from one of my favourite roses, Geoff Hamilton, and this has since grown into a sturdy little bush. This year I’m hoping that it will really take off and be another lovely addition to a garden in which there will always be room for another rose.

Last autumn I collected seeds from a variety of Delphinium and from Digitalis purpurea ‘Camelot Cream’. I sowed the seeds immediately and then placed them in a cold frame. The result is a good number of small plants that are growing well. I’ll probably pot these on and then plant them out later in the year once they are better established.

These few small experiments in propagation have really given my the desire to do more (there have been failures, such as a honeysuckle cutting I took last year that didn’t survive the winter, but these only spur me on to make sure I get it right next time). It is so satisfying to see the seeds or cuttings that you’ve tended to coming on and bringing new life into the garden. It is also great to be able to share plants with other people where you have an excess (and hopefully get something new back in return!).

So this year (I hope) is the year that I really get to grips with propagation. Wish me luck!


6 responses to this post.

  1. Hi thanks for popping by my blog. I too am propogating mad and grow far too much from seed, cuttings etc but it is so satisfying


    • It certainly is and there’s never any harm in having too many plants. Thanks for coming by my blog too; I’ve enjoyed reading yours. Your comment is the first I’ve had as I’ve only just recently started blogging, so thanks for that! It’s great to see such a large community of gardeners out there sharing their experience.


  2. its always worth a try, and if it doesn’t work try something else… I’ve taken honeysuckle cuttings in spring before as the plant started growing and they were sucessful. my current sucess is a hebe that got really large and windscorched on one side, I stuck half a dozen twigs off it into a pot and they are still alive and ready to pot on soon.
    I must get some sweet pea seeds and sow them soon!!


    • Hi Claire,

      Thanks for stopping by. I think I’ll give the honeysuckle another attempt and try in spring as you suggest. It can be quite disheartening loosing a plant so i’m glad to hear that you managed to rescue your hebe through taking cuttings. Roger Parsons Sweet Peas is a good specialist supplier if you want something different to the usual varieties and they’re very reasonably priced.



  3. Hi Jason.
    I like your blog so far. I’ve only just recently started mine too, and i know it’s nice when people stop by and leave a comment!
    Good luck with the propagation… there are so many different forms of it to try aswell! 🙂 I love having a go at it, and seed germination never ceases to make me happy!
    I’m looking forward to following your progress!


    • Hi Simon,

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Just had a quick look at your blog and enjoyed reading your most recent post. My wife and I are having a weekend away so I’ll have a proper read of what you’ve been up to next week. Good to find someone else who enjoys propagation; no doubt I’ll be picking your brains for tips!



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