We have had high winds, ice pellets, freezing rain and more high winds here over the past week. Our trees have lost all their leaves, despite how late they stuck with it into November. Our plans to begin propagation last week have been put on hold.
We did get all the tender cactus, succulents and potted plants into the greenhouse in time. It gets crowded in the winter, but we are trying to keep a bench clear for propagation.
Today, we are cutting fucshias and Symphocarpus for bundling in 1 gallon pots. Candy is cleaning up the succulent pots that have come into the green house and refreshing with new plants. It’s an effort to eliminate and consolidate all the material we have from last year.
Finally, we are going to use layering to try and propagate a corylopsis that we have behind the pool house. it’s an amazing plant, but prefers cuttings to happen in july. This is a winter method that could work with the plant. Basically, we will lay a few branches on the ground and hold them in place with U staples. We will mark the spots and tie the plant to a flag. In spring, we should be able to cut them from the mother plant and dig them up to move. I love the corylopsis that we have. Here is a picture of it from late February 2010.