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.
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.