Friday, 23 September 2011

brunnera cuttings

I love my pretty little Brunnera "Jack Frost" and decided I'd try to see if I could get it to root from cuttings. Some plants, like rosemary, mint, salvias and plectranthus, will easily grow from cuttings; you just cut a section of stem, pick off the lower leaves, and roots grow from where the leaves used to be. But I couldn't tell from my internet research whether brunnera was a plant like that. But there's no harm in trying!

So I cut this flowering stalk from my brunnera. I cut off all the flowers and cut the stem into four pieces. I tried to give each stem a section where I picked off the leaves to see if roots would grow where the leaves used to be.
Then I dipped each cutting in root-hormone powder that's meant to encourage it to grow roots. I put them in a Ziploc bag with moist potting mix and sealed it closed to keep it from drying out. Now I just wait and hope! So far they haven't shriveled up or molded.