Fall is a great time of year to think about propagating plants. If you do it early enough - read NOW - many plants in a zone 6+ garden will have a chance to get established. Zones 4-5 are pushing it to propagate in September, but some super hardy plants, like sedum, might make it. Even if you are in colder zones though, propagating indoors in pots makes a lot of sense for saving money in the garden. Join me today as we talk about three super easy ways to propagate new plants -- so easy a kid can understand the concept fully and completely.
Forget collecting seed, forget grafting stem to rootstock, forget finicky cuttings. These are three methods that work for a BUNCH of hardy plants to help multiply your stock without paying a cent! OK, here we go. Buckle your seat belt, here is #1!
#1 Cheater Division
#2 LayeringLayering is simply taking a new (less than a year old) and flexible stem that is growing near the ground, and simply securing it to the ground so that it will grow new roots. If the stem is not young enough, it will break and will not grow roots easily.
but you want them to have access to light so that your layered stem "takes" more easily.
It is essential that the entire stem is surrounded by soil and weighted down because that is where all of the roots will be forming. If the stem is exposed to air, it won't work without a lot more babying and care. No peeking either. Leave the stem and rock alone all winter long and through the early spring. You should check for the first time around May or June. If there are little white roots all over the stem, then you simply cut the stem close to the mother plant and replant the stem with the root section completely underground.
#3 Cheater CuttingsYou've heard me talk about sedums before. I love them because you can propagate them just by thinking about them. Not really, but it is almost as simple. All you have to do is simply snap off a section of plant. Typically, I would tell you to get a young plant that snaps easily when bent, but with sedum it truly does not matter. I have never had a sedum cutting fail. Just break off a piece of stem and you are good to go!
After you break off a stem, you do not need to put it in sterile soil. you do not need to use rooting hormone. Simply shove that stem into the ground wherever you want a new plant with nice rounded habit, and you are good to go. Don't mess with it and next spring, you might have your very own river of sedum.