Last time around I was full of excitement at several of the eryngium root cuttings having rooted. My parting comment was something along the lines of “now I just have to avoid killing them”. I have to tell you, it has been a pretty close run thing.

When I potted them up last time, I used a potting mix I had amped up with some extra fertiliser. This seemed like a great idea at the time, but as with the tomatoes and other seedlings, these young eryngium plants became quite sickly quite soon, to the point of imminent death by overeating. I was able to intervene, just in time, repotting them in new, unadulterated compost. They sat there for a while, unimpressed, but then some new green growth began to appear. Phew!

A month or two later they are good little plants. They have been hardening off in the cold frame for a few weeks.

I’ve planted them out, so that concludes this propagation journey!

I also planted out the parent plant, convalescing in a pot since digging it up last September. It seems quite happy too.

A happy ending after all.

I’ll be back soon with more propagation shenanigans.