This plant is new to me this year. It is a cousin of cottage garden favourite, verbena bonariensis. I bought 10 as bareroots last winter and they have grown on very nicely. As is often the case when I’m confronted with a nicely growing plant, I wondered whether they would be easy to propagate.

I took a few stems. I was a little worried as the stems are kind of hollow, not usually easy to root.

cuttings of verbena hastata

Each is enough for a two or three cuttings, the stems were dismembered thus.

how to propagate verbena hastata

I also trimmed off one of each pair of leaves. By the time I finished I had quite a few cuttings to use.

cuttings verbena hastata

Some I put in the hydropod, some in a pot of gritty compost which was then watered and placed inside a sealed Ziploc bag.

how to take cuttings of verbena hastata

I needn’t have worried about the hollow stems. Just 10 days later the cuttings in the hydropod were already well rooted.

taking cuttings of verbena hastata

I potted them up, watered them then they spent a week in half-way house accommodation, a plastic tub with the lid on. I had been finding that plants removed from the hydropod wilted in the more open atmosphere of the greenhouse, they seem much happier in the tub.

20190614_171128-490x1008.jpgOne week later I also see roots emerging from the pot.

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This plant really wants to be propagated! I’m going to take some more as it was so satisfyingly straightforward.

I’ll be back soon with more propagation monkey business.