Last Minute Cuttings


Andrew WeidmanWe had our first freeze warning in South-central Pennsylvania this weekend. From what my Facebook feed shows, we are not alone. Winter is still two months out, and already I’m seeing photos of snow.

There aren’t too many plants outside that I need to worry about losing this year. The tomatoes gave up the ghost a few weeks ago, and have already been cleaned out. The figs still have a month or so before they need to be packed away for the winter (more about that later). The New Guinea Impatiens plants at the front door are in two massive whiskey barrels, and will soon be casualties of the season. And I still have a little grace time to dig up my white garden lilies.

vine for cutting

The one plant that needs immediate action is a passionflower vine that I want to move to the fence line next year. I tried transplanting a few vines last year, nurturing them all season. They grew slowly through the summer, which was to be expected, but failed to reappear this spring. That was the gamble I accepted, knowing passionflowers don’t transplant well.

They do root well from cuttings, however, so that’s the angle I’m pursuing this time. A week ago, I clipped a length of vine for cuttings material, and headed for my mad scientist’s laboratory — I mean, nursery workshop in the basement. There, I used the vine to stick cuttings for rooting.

case closed

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