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Plant propagation by encouraging layering


Plant propagation by encouraging layering

The plants on the trolley were divided in just over 30 minutes.All the plants in the photo were propagated by division between early April and late May. The Plants on the trolley include lemon and golden thyme, ornamental grasses, sedum acre, crocosmia and campanula

On average most of the plants I grow can be divided 4 to 6 ways per year . Some, such as Golden Thyme can be divided 6 ways in early May after over wintering ,, a further 4 ways in early July and a further 4 ways in early September. So that's 96 plants from one plant in a year ! This is pushing it a bit so I normally stick to a 24 fold increase per annum.

Once I really tried to maximise propagation and I bought a ground spreading golden thyme from a garden centre in April. I immediately potted it up into a 15 cm diameter pot and sprinkled a thin mixture of 2 parts sharp sand and 2 parts potting compost over the leaves and watered well so the compost washed off the leaves and sank down to surround each of the small stems of the plant

. I kept the leaves of the plant very damp for 4 weeks and in full sun to maximise growth by which time all the little stems had put out very fine white roots into the 50/50 compost. Then using a bread knife I sawed the plant up into about 15 sections and repotted into 13 cm pots. After 6 weeks I divided these 4 ways and after another 4 weeks I divided them a further 4 ways..

So in just over 3 months one plant costing £1.35 was turned into 240 plants only slightly smaller than the original!

I reckon if I really pushed it I could get this up to 1000 plants from one in one year



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Do you sell online?!!

12 Oct, 2010

 

I have considered doing so but don't because of the postage costs.

I sell virtually all my plants via the local plant auctions. See my blog on GoY entiteled "Plant Auctions"

12 Oct, 2010

 

I will, thanks Anchor :-))

12 Oct, 2010

 

Propagation seems your specialty, AM.....it's amazing to think what your care and attention will do with just one plant to begin with!

12 Oct, 2010

 

I love plant propagation Whistonlass. Although the nursery side of my life is small now because I haven't got the land to do it in a big way I still produce 2500-3000 plants a year off an area about 5o feet by 25 feet.

Plant propagation is the best part of being a nurseryman...weeding 3000 pots....... not so much! ;)

12 Oct, 2010

 

I can understand that one !!

12 Oct, 2010

 

Why arent you filthy rich Anchorman?????? lol!

22 Feb, 2011

 

You have to sell a helluvalot of plants at 30p profit to get rich!

:^)

22 Feb, 2011

 

Now let me get my calculator out...how many hours you say you can work each week..four hours sleep a night...1000 x 30p less 1.35 ..um...yeah...I see your point!!!

22 Feb, 2011

 

If I was prepared to do market stalls/car boots so I could get a much bigger retail price it might be worth while but I'm already so busy gardening in the growing seasaon I simply haven't the time.

22 Feb, 2011

 

Having been in business where you "make or grow" your product I know how time consuming this is, I always wanted an 8 day week so I could take a day off..but daresay I wouldve worked that one too if I had been given it!!

23 Feb, 2011

 

I'd be just the same Tet. I already work a 7 day week in the growing season ( 2 fairly quiet days) but given another day I'm sure I'd find work to do!

23 Feb, 2011



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