So, a while back I attempted something I’ve never done before- propagation. I took a cutting from our elderberry bush, and stuck it into a pot of compost hoping it would develop roots and sprout into a whole new plant.
And guess what. It worked!! (I didn’t even have to use a root toner.)
Here’s a reminder of what the cuttings looked like at first. Just a stick stuck in the dirt…
And here’s a picture I took of them today, about three months after planting…
Awesome, right?! I can’t believe how easy that was! All I really did was keep them watered, and they’ve sprouted right up! (If you missed exactly what I did with these, go read about it HERE.)
What makes this so exciting is that: 1) The possibilities are almost endless! And 2) This trick will be a real money saver, and could even bring in a little cash!
Since learning how to propagate, I’ve found myself eager to try my hand at growing other shrubs from cuttings. My mother-in-law’s gorgeous climbing roses, my dad’s rhododendrons, and various berry bushes and such that I have planted around the house… think about it! An endless supply of any shrubs I can get my pruning sheers into!
I can grow all the elderberry bushes I want, and sell them if I so choose.
I can take cuttings from my tea plants, my azaleas, my witch hazel, and grow more to plant here or to give away, or to make a little money off of.
I love that!!
So, if I want a dozen elderberry bushes around my property, I no longer have to buy the rest. I can get all I need from the two plants I initially purchased.
If you’ve never propagated anything and you have some shrubs you’d like to have more of, do give it a try! Learning this trick is a great way to build your landscape for free with cuttings from other people’s plants.
I just love it when experiments work. Don’t you?
A city girl learning to homestead on an acre of land in the country. Wife and homeschooling mother of four. Enjoying life, and everything that has to do with self sufficient living.