I had a magnificent Lasiandra bush, originally given to me from my mum as a tiny plant. unfortunately I had to move it from its original planting spot. It started to shoot and I was so happy, then for reasons unknown it just died. My mum has now passed and it has upset me greatly, as I feel I have let her down. There is another lasiandra bush at my parents house, I would like to know if I can take a cutting from this and begin again. PLEASE help if you can, I would be most gratefull. many thanks Lyn I am sorry I don't have a photo as the plant has been removed.
06 May 2014 10:19 AM
You can certainly take cuttings from the other lasiandra bush at your parents place. The best time to take the cuttings would be in late spring/early summer. We are going into winter now so you may not be successful at this time of the year. Yates has a hormone gel for promoting root growth in softwood and semi hardwood cuttings called Clonex which we would suggest that you use when taking your cuttings. You will be able to take many cuttings from the bush and have them growing throughout your garden. What a lovely thought of you to have this beautiful plant growing to remind you of your Mum. Enjoy your garden.
Tips on how to take cuttings
Taking cuttings is a simple, quick way to propagate plants so that you can multiply all sorts of species in your garden, and it's cheap!
Take cuttings when new growth has developed to a stage where it's firm (or 'hardened off'). Cuttings at this stage are called semi-hardwood and are readily found on plants in late spring and summer.
Roses, buddleias, clematis, camellias, gardenias, fuchsias, lavender and many other plants can all be struck using semi-hardwood cuttings.
Take sections of stem about 10 cm long. Remove the leaves and plant the cuttings in a mixture of sand and peat (or look for pre-prepared propagation mix). If they're kept damp and at the right temperature, the cuttings will have formed roots by autumn and be ready to plant by the following spring.
Once a cutting has struck (formed roots), transfer it to its own pot to grow to a size that's ready for transplanting into the garden.