I can blame this wave of inspiration totally on my blogger friend Ros over at Missy's Garden who is moving into a new home. She started making cuttings of all her favourite plants from her old garden to take with her to her new garden. Seeing how well her cuttings were growing, I thought I'd try my "impatient" hand at it as well.
When I visited my friend Joyce's garden a couple of weeks ago, I came away with a few cuttings for my experiment.
Among them were dracaenas and ginger lilies.
I brought them home and got to work. I cut the tops off of two soda bottles, and stuck the dracaena cuttings in some water to root.
I faithfully remembered to change the water every two days and I was rewarded with nice strong roots in about 10 days.
Dracaena cuttings with lots of new roots
The ginger lilies started out as tiny suckers from the mother plant.
Disturbing them while they're so tiny can be hazardous so it was best to pot them up as they were.
They're coming along nicely.
I also decided that I wanted to plant some pink ginger lilies along with the white ones.
Somehow it seems that my pink ginger lilies no longer show their faces in the side garden bed after the rogue heliconias took over. It was time to give them another try.
Pink ginger lily
The baby pink ginger lilies still attached to the mother plant
I also decided to make some cuttings of a polyscia (ming aralia) plant that I have planted along the inside of the front wall. I want a nice thick hedge, but it's a slow growing plant, so I will have to fill in the spaces between the ones already planted with baby cuttings. This will be done as soon as the April showers arrive...I hope they come soon....they're a bit late.
The leaves of this variety have an ivy-like appearance.
I hope that these extra cuttings will grow at warp speed and fill in all the empty spaces in the hedge.
Knowing my luck, once I'm generating keen interest in their steady growth, they will decide to grow at a snail's pace.
You know what they say, "Watch pot never boil." I may have to pretend that I don't care what they do, and that way they may just surprise me.
Wish me luck.