Plants grown from heel cuttings

The other week some Southernwood (Artemisia abrogatum) cuttings were put into a little pot. By yesterday they had successfully struck roots and were ready to go in the ground.

Many of the woody herbs will strike quite well like this. Daisies and geraniums in particular will grow very easily from just about any old piece you pull off a bush. The new plant will be genetically identical to the parent, so striking plants from cuttings is not quite as useful as growing from saved seed, but still free and simple.

Southernwood is a helpful herb for keeping some of the garden nasties down. It smells a bit like insect repellent and has lovely silver-green fine foliage. Growing to about two or three feet high, it will go nicely in a garden bed or around a veggie patch among other herbs. Southernwood is particularly recommended as a companion plant for any fruit trees, though not so much for sage or thyme.

A search showed up here last week, someone looking for “a plant that smells like flea spray”. That is probably going to be the pyrethrum daisy, Chrysanthemum coccineum. They’re used to form a “natural” insecticide but to use them in your garden requires alcohol to dissolve the active chemical. If you’d like to plant some pest repellent plants in your garden, southernwood, tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), garlic and pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) will help do the job. Also onions and marigolds in veggie beds help keep pests under control.

If you have southernwood or wormwood in your garden, like geraniums, lemon verbena and lavender it will benefit from being cut back in Autumn.

Have a look at the original article here.


About Syburi

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2 Responses to Plants grown from heel cuttings

  1. MarionGroves says:

    Have planted Southernwood from cuttings without realising it was called that Jane. Your post has reminded me to get out there and plant some more – I love its happy little disposition too – daisies always seem to “cheer up” drabber sections of the garden.

  2. Syburi says:

    Lolz. The southernwood is the silver one, the daisy is pyrethrum… Sorry about that, bit confusing. Will have to edit that.

    Good time for planting. We’re supposed to be in for a wet winter, so anything planted now should get through winter okay without extra water and be settled in time for next spring.

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