How to propagate Heather

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How to propagate Heather

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Heather is an evergreen plant that grows from 10 cm to 60 cm tall, depending on the variety or cultivar. It forms clumps up to 60 cm wide and flowers with airy, pinkish-purple or yellow-orange blooms from summer until the autumn. The plants grow well in sun or part shade and fast-draining, acidic soil. Heather can be propagated by taking cuttings from healthy plants in summer. The cuttings are placed into a moist growing medium and moved outdoors after a healthy root system forms.


Step One

Select a pot or container that has at least one hole in the bottom to prevent over-watering.


Step Two

Fill the container with vermiculite and just enough water to moisten it lightly.


Step Three

Snip a 5 cm to 8 cm piece of stem from the heather plant.


Step Four

Pull the leaves from the bottom of the cutting.


Step Five

Apply rooting compound to the cut end of the heather.


Step Six

Poke a hole in the vermiculite with a pencil and slide the treated end of the cutting into the hole. Pat the vermiculite around the base of the cutting to hold it in place.


Step Seven

Place the container into a clear plastic bag and seal with a twist tie. Put the cutting in a brightly lit location, but not in direct sunlight.


Step Eight

Add moisture to the container only if it dries out, as too much water causes developing roots to rot.


Step Nine

Check to see if roots have formed by pulling very lightly on the cutting. Remove the container from the bag when the cutting no longer slips freely from the vermiculite.


Step Ten

Transplant the cuttings to the garden after visible growth occurs. Water deeply to prevent the roots from drying out. Continue to water whenever the surface of the soil feels dry during the first growing season to encourage a sturdy root system.


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