Fall Cuttings

By Napa County Master Gardeners - Fall is a transition time between late summer’s harvest and winter’s bare-root planting, when early morning breezes bring a whiff of ocean air or newly crushed grapes. It’s a good time to putter.

It’s also a good time to take cuttings from favorite plants that you would like to propagate. If they root, your cuttings will grow up to be exact duplicates of the mother plant.

I have had success propagating lilacs, azaleas, chrysanthemums, rosemary and roses from cuttings. Occasionally, I have duplicated sasanqua camellias, but they are slow growers and I want action.

Propagating plants from cuttings is a simple but satisfying pastime. If you pay close attention to the necessary preparations, you’re sure to succeed.

First, fill a large bucket with one part bleach to nine parts water. Submerge previously used four-inch containers. Scrub them out with a long-handled brush. Then let them dry in the sunshine.

You may think, hey, we’re working with dirt here. Why be so particular about clean containers? Residual fungal spores may be present in previously used containers, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Click here to keep reading.

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