The best way to multiply shrub veronica is with cuttings. Our step-by-step instructions show you how to proceed.© tina7si - Fotolia.com
Shrub veronica (Hebe) is becoming more and more popular in Germany, so it's no wonder that people are also concerned about the multiplication of small shrubs from New Zealand. Perhaps a group planting is being considered, larger areas should be planted or underplanted or higher growing species will be cultivated as a hedge. There are many possibilities. If you already have shrub veronica in your garden, you can easily multiply it yourself. We would like to give you the instructions for a successful propagation of shrub veronica on the way.
❶ How can the shrub veronica be multiplied?
In the shrub veronica, the propagation of cuttings comes into consideration. It is a common and fairly simple method of plant propagation. Even inexperienced hobby gardeners can try it. Although there is no 100% guarantee that each cuttings will become an independent plant, it is easy to obtain several cuttings, so that gardener happiness will not be missed.
❷ When is the right time?
Cuttings can be obtained on frost-free days in winter or in late summer. It is particularly practical if the pruning is combined with the extraction of cuttings. Then removed shoot tips do not have to be disposed of, but can be used to grow new plants.
What is needed for the propagation of cuttings?
- well-developed mother plant
- sharp knife
❸ How is the cutting cut?
First, young, not yet woody shoots are selected. The cut is made below a knot. A knot is a thickening located under the leaves.
➞ Tip: The length of the cuttings depends on the type of plant. In the large-leaved and higher growing varieties, the cuttings should be about 15 centimeters long. For low-growing and small-leaved varieties, a length of the cutting of about five to seven centimeters is sufficient.
Use a sharp and germ-free cutting tool for the cut. If frayed cut edges arise, this makes the plant vulnerable to the penetration of germs and pests. Knives or scissors can be disinfected with alcohol.
❹ How is the cuttings prepared for growing?
After cutting the cutting, the interface should dry slightly. In the meantime, the leaves and any buds in the lower third of the head cuttings can be removed. The area that will later be in the ground should have no leaves, flowers or buds. This could favor rotting processes.
➞ Tip: If you like, you can dip the cuttings in rooting powder before planting. However, this is not explicitly necessary for shrub veronica, since the plants root quite quickly without help.
❺ How should the cuttings be planted?
The hobby gardener should have small planters and potting soil ready. Suitable as a substrate is conventional growing soil, which is mixed with peat and sand, or alternatively cactus soil. The planters are filled with the substrate and the cuttings are inserted into the plant pot with the lower, bare third.
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❻ How should the planted cuttings be cared for?
The cutting should be kept evenly moist. However, the moisture should not be too intense. If the planter is completely soaked, the cuttings threaten to rot. The cuttings are brought in a warm, but not full sun location. The floor temperature should be around 20 degrees.
➞ Tip: Since the shrub veronica does not need high germ temperatures and rooted quite quickly, it is not absolutely necessary to cover the cuttings with a hood made of plastic or glass. The desired high air humidity can also be ensured by regular spraying.
❼ Advantages and disadvantages of cuttings propagation
|"It is easy and uncomplicated to grow several young plants.|
"Cuttings can easily be obtained by pruning the shrub veronica.
"The cuttings are easy to care for and root very quickly.
"The young plants can be placed in larger planters after just a few weeks.
|"Cuttings can only be obtained from a sufficiently developed plant.|
"Planters and growing soil are needed.
"Not all cuttings can be rooted.
"The cuttings need to be watered regularly.
"Space is needed to set up the planters.
❽ When did the cuttings multiply?
If the first shoots appear on the cutting, successful propagation can be assumed. The hobby gardener can check whether the cuttings have already developed roots by moving the cuttings back and forth and pulling on them. If this resistance provides resistance and cannot simply be lifted out of the ground, well-developed roots can be assumed.
❾ Multiply shrub veronica - step by step
- Cut the cutting
- Remove leaves and buds in the lower third
- Place the cuttings in the planter
- Place the planter in a bright place but not in full sun
- Keep the cutting evenly moist
- after rooting, place the young plant in a larger planter
❿ What happens to the young plants?
About eight weeks after potting the cuttings, the young plant should have developed to the point where it can be repotted into a larger planter. Cuttings that were cut in the summer are left to hibernate brightly and coolly and then planted in the bed or planter the following spring. Cuttings cut in winter can be transplanted in spring.
➞ Tip: The plants are particularly attractive when several specimens are placed in a planter or when you decide to plant them in a bed.