Hebe ‘Rhubarb AND Custard’

Tuesday, 25th August 2020

I bought three Hebe Rhubarb & Custard plants back in April 2020, and planted them near the roses. They have settled in very well and are putting on good growth.

I had held off buying these from the previous year because they were overpriced everywhere. Eventually, my patience was rewarded as I got them for less than half price.

Now is the time, I think, to take some cuttings. The plan is to take three from each plant. I had written about it on Instagram in June.

Previous Articles about Hebe

Below is a repeat photograph taken this week from the same angle as the one above. I can see that they are growing well.

In 2022 these three will grow to become one large group.

How to Propagate from Cuttings

Here is a very simple guide to propagating Hebe from cuttings:

Step 1: Cut and trim the lower leaves and remove the growing tip. Dip each cutting in rooting powder and shake off any excess.

Step 2: Fill containers with a mixture of peat and sand. Water well and leave for a few hours to drain. Use a pencil to make three holes and place one cutting in each. I had nine cuttings, and put three in each pot. I always liked maths. From these nine, I expect to get four or five new plants. Place the pots in a cold frame or a sheltered spot. I do not have a cold frame (yet) so I will go for plan B, and I’ll check them in about six weeks. I will pull very gently and if they have rooted I will know immediately. Its exciting.

The logical deduction is that I can now buy more plants and still save money.

Such excitement!

Note: Storm Francis arrived last night. Plenty rain and some wind, but nothing as severe as Ellen last week. Today is a bright and fresh, ideal for gardening.


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  1. Paddy Tobin

    Striking foliage on those hebes. Ideal for gardening today! Pfffff Not here! I’m not venturing outside. It’s very windy. I did make a run to pick French and Runner beans and prepared them for the freezer but that’s my outside for today. It’s still very very blustery here and the garden is under water in places – just an inch.

    1. Pádraig

      You’re wise, a chara. It did indeed blow a fierce gale here from midday onwards. I retreated with dignity.

      1. Paddy Tobin

        I’ve been out – some damage: a few branches and one small tree down.

  2. Blowing a hoolie here in North Wales and very wet with it. I’ve just spent an hour in the potting shed waiting for a break in the showers to run back to the house. I went out in bright sunshine :-/

    I took hebe cuttings in March from my rescue buy Champagne Ice and put them in the greenhouse. I’d say 80% took (that’s around 12). I’ve no idea where I’m going to put them. Swapsies anyone?

    1. Pádraig

      I should have known better. An hour later, just as you ran back to the house, the wind blew up something fierce and put a stop to the work.
      I’ll save you a few when they’ve rooted, a chara. Happy to relieve you of a Champagne!

  3. digwithdorris

    It’s great getting bargain price plants and even better making free ones! One point that surprised me is that you are using peat rather peatfree compost. Please switch to peat free, those cuttings will still grow.

    1. Pádraig

      Thank you Dorris. I shall have a think about your request.

    2. Pádraig

      Sorted, a chara. Thanks for the little nudge!

  4. That Hebe is a beauty! Great tutorial on how to do the Hebe cuttings. Hope you have a good success rate!

    1. Pádraig

      I agree, a chara. Yes, there’ll be crossed fingers for a few weeks! I need to make a cold frame before winter arrives.

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