Yesterday I took cuttings of common pussy willow.
I start rooting them in a jar of H20 with the barest dash of bleach. This method worked well last year so I'm repeating the process this year.
After jarring them I set them in a place with low light.
Coleus are super easy to root. You can root them in water or potting mix. If you root them in water, plant them as soon as roots begin to show because the roots are very fragile on these and they'll break off if they get too long. I set my jars for this in the sun while rooting.
well i never took any of that into consideration. year before last the cuttings i took rooted in several weeks. last year i didn't have much luck. they need sun and heat to root the best i think. guessing i'd say you could root them any time. i have had rooted plants all along the branch. as i usually take a branch and cut it into smaller pieces.
I've (so far) successfully overwintered a plectranthus rooted cutting in the house. It's getting large enough now that it needs re-potting, and while I'm doing that I think I'll snip off the tips and root some more. I want to try one snippet in water just to see what happens.
I also winter-over a purple sweet potato vine every year; it's in a big pot with a tropical honeybush. I'm thinking in a few weeks I'll start rooting some additional cuttings from it, as well. This particular vine is three years old now, I wonder how big the tubers are? I'd better re-pot it this year so that I can see them, there might not be much room left in there!
Yes, it's a Melianthus. This is last year's pix - I haven't cut it back yet this winter and it's big and somewhat raggedy right now; like a small tree. I wonder what a cutting of it would do in a glass of water? The stalks are pretty thick, I don't imagine it would root.
I had the step-stool on top to keep the cat from laying in it!
So right! In years past I've brought inside a huge dog crate (the open barred type) wrapped it in plastic (so paws can't reach in) and set my seed containers inside it, under lights.
I'm not going quite that far this year, although I have many, many more seeds to start. I want to try winter sowing most of them since my house is so small.
No tea from my honeybush, not yet anyway. I didn't even know it was edible. I just love the way it looks. I'm so glad that it does okay in a container, and can survive low light, and dry air conditions inside over the winter! So many neat tropical plants that I've tried to winter over just can't take the situation in stride.
Thanks for sharing the propagation information. It's about what I expected it would be; when you look into the base of it, it appears that you could just slice a section off and it would make a new plant.
This year I kept it to a bare minimum, but I did bag up my carnivorous plants; and I dug, dried and stored my bulbs. Other than these, and the ones we've already discussed, that's it for me this year.
I'd also brought in my scented geranium, but I believe it's dead. There are some interesting sprouts in the pot, however, so I'm leaving it to see what they are. I think I may have sprinkled some chamomile seeds in there.
I'm going to dig out my begonia seeds now - we'll see what happens!