Perennials I like to Propagate in Spring

>> Friday, February 25, 2011

'Homestead Purple' Verbena
I've been thinking lately about all the spring plants that will soon be rising from their beds. More specifically I've been thinking about which one's I'll be propagating during the spring season. Most perennials send up new growth from the soil that is perfect for stem tip cuttings and many other plants will be primed and ready for a little division. Here's a short list of perennial plants that I'll be propagating this spring.

Perennials for Spring Propagation

  • Salvias - stem tip cuttings
  • Coneflower (Echinacea) - basal stem cuttings, division
  • Russian sage - mid spring stem tip cuttings and late spring stem cuttings.
  • Chysanthemums ('Clara Curtis', 'Sheffield Pink', and others) - stem-tip cuttings (also in summer)
  • Agastache - stem tip cuttings
  • Daisies ('Montauk' and 'Shasta') - Stem tip
  • Hostas - division
  • Heucheras - division
  • Verbena - stem tip cuttings, stem cuttings (late spring through summer)
  • Penstemon -stem tip cuttings, stem cuttings
  • Tall Garden Phlox - stem tip cuttings, division
  • Catmint and Catnip - stem tip cuttings
  • Lamb's Ear - division
I've probably left out more than a few perennial plants from my garden for spring propagation. The list of potential plant choices for spring propagation is enormous. In my experience most perennials are best propagated in the spring when they are energized with new growth. If you are in doubt about propagating a plant give it a try and experiment - it's a great way to learn!

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