Fall Plant Propagation
Fall is the best time to propagate some of your favorite perennials.I have chosen my favorite lavender, rosemary and a climbing rose. Just snip off about a 5" piece, remove leaves from the bottom 2-3" which you will stick into soil and keep moist over the cool season. I put them in a flat, and will leave it outdoors. Next spring, I will be able to transplant the little plants into my garden.
If you want to get even simpler, just wait till the rain starts, and put your cuttings directly into the soil where you want them to grow, and they will establish themselves over the rainy season. I would recommend putting some kind of protection around them, so they don't get stepped on, etc.
UPDATE: FEBRUARY 17TH
Lots of good root growth since starting cuttings, about 5 months ago. In my mild climate I left the flat outdoors, but protected from the cold with remay cloth. I did water them occasionally, since we haven't had any rain this winter.
New Rosemary plant ready to transplant
New Lavender plant ready to transplant
I'm so glad that I thought ahead to do this. I have now transplanted about 15 new plants throughout my garden, at no cost to me. I can't wait till next fall, so I can propagate some more. These plants will be very low maintenance for me, and the flowers and fragrance will be fantastic.
UPDATE: MAY 18TH
New lavender plants are taking off and growing fast.