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Six on Saturday – The Snip

It has been a wonderful week for gardening. Warm and dry. Ideal weather for a t-shirt, be it red or otherwise.

19th September 2020.

While tidying the shed a few weeks ago I came upon a New Garden Product. I had known it was in there somewhere but it eluded me for many years. Truth be told, I had come across it during the last recession but had no interest in using it so I dumped it at the bottom of a bosca. It is a Rooting Globe. However it can no longer be called a New Garden Product. My Six on Saturday this week features this Old Garden Product six times. There’s only a faint glimpse of plants, but for the record they are:

  • Rosa Just Joey
  • Acer x2
  • Fuchsia

Full instructions are included, together with website and even the bar code. I shall do an inspection in mid-November and report back.

The kit consists of five globes, three small ones, a medium and a large. Obviously, the small ones are for small branches, and the others for medium and large respectively. I just thought that was worth pointing out.

The First Step is to cut and peel off a short section of bark, as below. This is Step Two on instruction sheet above. Don’t worry about the lack of synchronisation.

This is the Acer, together with attached globe. Looks cool, I think. Nature will work its magic and hopefully there’ll be roots in eight weeks, at which point I will sever the branch, hide the globe at the bottom of a box in the shed and plant the new Acer in the Holding Area.

Rosa Just Joey also got the snip, and I await the results. Propagation of the species will continue despite methods that imply impossibility.

This is the large globe attached to a larger branch. Unfortunately, I selected a branch that was a bit too small and the globe was not secured tightly against the cut. Nevertheless, despite a ghastly appearance, some tape and a cable tie did the trick. Very close inspection of the reflection in some photographs will show that I’m wearing a red t-shirt but not in this one. I’m wearing one and it is red, but it just cannot be seen because the tape is not reflective.

Where To Find It

Cutting Globes are available from Amazon or your local garden centre. They may also be found hidden at bottom of a box in an untidy shed. If you’ve a box in an untidy shed, it might be worth your while checking before purchasing. Red t-shirts are ten a penny and can be got everywhere.

Request for advice: Have you used these? Have you any tips? Would non-transparent be better? I’ve a feeling that rooting would be easier in the dark.


It has been a wonderful week for gardening. Warm and dry. Ideal weather for a t-shirt, be it dearg or otherwise.

In Other News

Last Saturday’s epic 160km cycle was… epic. I did write a bit about it here. What else stood out for me during the week?

  • Sam Bennett is on the brink of finishing the TDF in the Green Jersey
  • I rearranged the glasshouse shelving, updating it from two to three-storey. That’s big!
  • My super-duper labelling machine has arrived and surely I’ll be writing about it just as soon as I figure out what’s what.
  • Covid-19 second wave is intensifying, as too many fools are endangering themselves and others.

That’s my lot for this week, a cháirde. I’ll be back with more an Satharn seo chugainn. In the meantime, please visit Mr. Propagator’s garden blog where you can find many more Six on Saturday offerings from around the world, together with details of how to participate if that’s your thing. I’ll be spending some time today, tomorrow (or perhaps even yesterday?) reading articles by so many others, and I’ll not be clock-watching ar chor ar bith. I hope you have a great week, be it in the garden, the potting shed or elsewhere. Slán go fóill.


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0 thoughts on “Six on Saturday – The Snip”

  1. And our Tasmanian Australian, Richie Porte, was coming fourth with a host of punctures! Haven’t yet heard the latest…

  2. I had heard of this interesting system before. For my part, I use a plastic freezer bag that I fill with potting soil and it works.
    Your solution seems practical and prettier.
    2 last days for the Tour de France: my afternoons will be in front of the tv!

    1. I’ve watched excitedly for past few weeks as our Sam holds the Maillot Vert. I’ll be hoping to meet him locally during the off season. He might even want a photo with me?! But I might not watch today’s time-trial and to the garden instead.

          1. Here is the Wikipedia translation about its history. Its name comes from a legend according to which during the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) young girls from the neighboring village committed suicide to escape the Swedish mercenaries.

  3. I’m with Fred on which system I would choose, but whom and I to talk, since I use a pot with soil! I think stupidity if the main enemy and everyone knows the rules, but few seem to follow them.

  4. I’m sure you will have seen those “pools” in children’s play areas which are filled with a very light plastic ball so that the children can jump into them without hurting themselves and can move about under them as though underwater . Well, the head gardener at Mount Congreve has been using those plastic balls for years and years to propagate rhododendrons and camellias – plants which are not the easiest to propagate by cuttings so air-layering is the preferred method. He used split the ball on one side, fill with compost, slip in onto the branch and tape it to prevent it drying out. He would usually remove the “cutting” a year later.

    1. I’ll hardly wait a year! Yes, I’m reading that this works well for stubborn plants. If it works for MC that’s good enough for me.
      Your initial comparison it stunning, Paddy!

    1. Yes Lisa. Apparently this method has higher success rate for difficult plants than other methods. Fuchsia would grow roots in a glass of water so I’m definite that it will work. The others… we will see.

  5. Those globes are an interesting idea. I haven’t seen them before. I usually use the pot with a plastic bag over the top method which is reasonably successful.
    I have also been watching the Tour de France with great interest….I’ll miss it when it’s over!

    1. It has been a wonderful Tour, the best I’ve seen for many years, Jane.
      Yes the plastic bag does have its fans and good success rates. I’m trying this simply because it’s there. Bit like a mountain…

    1. See comment above…. Maybe its below…. The world is upside down!
      Mind you, there ARE three or four Christmas baubles on the small apple tree, put there in 2017 I think! Nothing within them except hope for a brighter future…

  6. I’ve never come across this propagating globe thingy and I am intrigued I certainly haven’t one lurking in my shed but I might just have to buy one.
    The Pianist closely follows the TdF and gives me running commentaries even though I have no idea what he is talking about. I am told congratulations are in order, as Sam Bennett is the first Irishman to win a green jersey since Sean Kelly. Who knew? Well, you and the Pianist obviously did, but I am baffled by all this talk of jerseys

    1. I shall keep the updates coming, Chloris! Thank you for following.
      The Pianist? Who might that be?
      Great celebrations here, a chara, as Sam is now another local superstar. Unfortunately, restrictions mean that a homecoming celebration will be put on hold. 🇮🇪

      1. The Pianist is my husband, otherwise known as Attila the Hun, the mad destroyer of trees. He is a maniac on his ride -on -mower, (the trees all duck when they see him coming) and a lover of big bonfires. Otherwise, he stays indoors and plays the piano.

  7. I remember seeing that item advertised some years ago and thought it looked interesting. I hope you get good results with it – if so, I think we’ll all be rushing to our computers to order a supply. 😁

    1. It seems the method is usedby experts to propagate plants that are difficult to root using other methods. I’m happy to set myself up for failure as I cannot claim to be an expert! Let’s wait and see, Catherine…

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