I know it’s only January, and most places have snow, frost, rain and heaven knows what else being pelted around the skies!
But this is the ideal time to take cuttings from your favorite shrubs, like Forsythia, Dogwood, roses, Viburnum, Philodelphus, and also climbers such as jasmine, honeysuckle, grape vines, as well as fruit bushes like gooseberry, currants and blueberry.
Choose this year’s growth and using a very sharp knife or secateurs, cut a piece about 20cm long, just below a bud with a clean cut….don’t leave any damaged wood as the cutting may not take and will rot off.
Once you have several cuttings, you have 2 choices…either propogate them till the spring in a greenhouse with previously prepared soil with compost added or plant them in pots, which have a mix of compost plus sharp sand mixed 60/40.
These cuttings will be ready to plant in the late spring/early summer.
Taking cuttings will act as an insurance against any losses you may make due to your valuable plants dying off or being damaged during adverse weather.
More on plants for attracting insects and wildlife coming soon….