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Tara_H

Year 4 underway! How the time flies! Still taming 2.5 acres of countryside after a life lived in the city. So much learned, so much still to learn.

Penstemon 'Sour Grapes'

  • Season Icon Mid SummerMid Summer 2020
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Tara_H

I love this #penstemon, so glad it's still going!

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matewe

Pretty 💜

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  • Season Icon Mid SummerMid Summer 2020
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Tara_H

Ooh, looks like I may be finally getting the hang of this #cuttings lark!

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  • Season Icon Early SpringEarly Spring 2019
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Tara_H

Couldn't get a good picture last night, but these are the #penstemon #cuttings all potted up. I think I've done everything right, now just need to wait and see! #propagation

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brightcolours

🤞🤞🤞

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  • Season Icon Early SpringEarly Spring 2019
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Tara_H

Since the other penstemon #cuttings seem to be actually surviving, and I impulse bought a #root-trainer tray this morning, and the penstemon on the garden was due a good pruning, I figured I'd try doing it properly, now that I have a #propagator and everything! #wishmeluck

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brightcolours

#penstemon-propagation

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Mikekally

Good luck! 🤞

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  • Season Icon Early SpringEarly Spring 2019
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Tara_H

The #cuttings seem quite happy with the experiment to transition to soil 😊

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Tara_H

The #penstemon seem to get on well in this garden at least!

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  • Season Icon Late WinterLate Winter 2019
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Tara_H

#penstemon #cuttings - I know these are meant to be super easy, but they're the first cuttings I've ever managed to keep alive this long! I'm kind of nervous to #transplant them now in case they die...

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brightcolours

The longer you leave it the more chance of damage to the super sensitive white roots...

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Tara_H

Oh no, don't say that! How do I know if the roots are big enough for it to survive? @brightcolours

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brightcolours

They look big enough now. I’d plant the cuttings in soil up to level of where water is presently.

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Tara_H

That may be my lunchtime project if I'm feeling brave 😊 @brightcolours

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brightcolours

You could do one and leave the other?

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Tara_H

Ah, but one has always been stronger than the other, so if one didn't make it I'd just be second guessing myself! Will do both and see how they go - plenty more cuttings that can be taken if needs be 😊 @brightcolours

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Tara_H

Did some research and I'm going to try this technique: https://homeguides.sfgate.com/convert-water-roots-soil-roots-propagating-43062.html

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brightcolours

Hadn’t heard of that technique. Good luck!

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  • Season Icon Mid SummerMid Summer 2017
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Tara_H

The new #penstemon plant had a broken stem on one side so I'm going to try #rooting it. I've never had much luck with #cuttings so #fingerscrossed!

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Mikekally

Oh those are pretty!

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Tara_H

Yeah, the picture on the pot really doesn't do them justice! @Mikekally maybe if I get the hang of rooting these cuttings I could pass you on some one of the days!

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Mikekally

I know, I can't seem to do it, even with rooting powder they just die... slower, but die none the less

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Tara_H

I feel like there must be a trick to it @Mikekally like they need to be more moist... Or less moist... Or more dark... Or something! 😕

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Mikekally

Well when you work it out, lemme know!

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tash74

We used to grow penstemons from cuttings at the nursery, far better success with the trays with preformed plugs of compost in them. I can't find them for sale retail but maybe rockwool cube trays would work? They always rooted far better than the standard sand rich potting compost.

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tash74

And always soft cuttings of the non flowering tips, taken in early summer.

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Tara_H

Thanks for the tips @tash74! I have it in half and half cutting compost and vermiculite at the moment, do you think I should try to find something else?

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tash74

Anything is worth a try when you have a random cutting, definitely best to leave it where it is than disturb it. We always used to cut the leaves in half to reduce water loss and keep them in the humid tunnel. Maybe a polythene bag over the top?

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Tara_H

I removed a couple of leaves already for the moisture loss, will definitely give the bag a try, cheers @tash74 😊

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  • Season Icon Mid SummerMid Summer 2017
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Tara_H

I was admiring @hayleyaj's picture the other day so when I saw this in the garden centre I couldn't resist! 😀 Wouldn't have given it a second glance otherwise...

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hayleyaj

Fabulous! Lots of cuttings too! 💜

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