I have a bush in our yard that is a pure delight to me.
It has the distinguished honor of being the first flowering plant in our landscaping after a long winter. In the winter, it has pretty dark shiny evergreen foilage. When these little white blossoms open, they produce the most heavenly lemon smell.
My angelic plant is a Daphne bush (maybe the star white variety ) and it seems to like the shaded spot it holds under the protective canopy of oaks over it. If there was ever a plant I want more of, this is it. So, I decided to try to root some clippings this year using rooting hormone.
Instructions: Wait for the flowers to bloom and fall off.
Once the bush starts to sprout out little kelly green shoots, clip off 12-20 of those new shoots.
Clip just below two leaves and immediately put the clippings in a cup of water so they won’t dry out.
Set up a seedling tray full of a compost and/or potting soil mixture.
Use a pencil to poke a large hole in the middle of each box. The hole has to be big enough for the clipping to be inserted without the stem touching the dirt.
Select a clipping out of the water and shake any excess water off, but do not dry. Strip any leaves off the stem where it will be inserted below the dirt.
Dip the clipping into the rooting hormone powder up to where the dirt level will stop. Shake any excess back into the bottle.
Carefully insert the clipping into the hole you made in the dirt (you want to avoid disturbing the powder.) Gently press dirt back around the clipping.
After all the clippings have been planted, water the soil until it is moist, but don’t drown your clippings.
Set your clippings in a sunny window that will receive a few hours of sun daily. Or you can set your tray in a protected (partially shaded spot) in your yard if the last frost has passed. Water frequently to keep the soil moist, but do not over-saturate your clippings.
Within a few weeks the clipping should sprout roots and continued to shoot up. After they are maturing well, you should be able to transplant them to their new location. Continue to water and protect them from frost for a month or so.
From the research I have done, Daphnes are very picky about their home. Well drained soil is a must. And protection from the elements is preferred (which explains why they like living on the rise in our yard below the bigger trees.)
So, what plant do you want to root? Do you have any “perfect” bushes that you wish you had more of? Do tell, I want to fill in some holes in our landscaping.
Side note: You can try to root almost any plant or shrub. Some clippings will self root. You can try cutting them and putting them in a vase with water in it in your sunny window. Watch the clippings for signs of roots after a week or more. Vinca and ivy usually self roots for me. But, the daphne never has.
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