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Definition of root cuttings

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Definition as written by Baa:

An effective method of propagation of some fleshy rooted perennials.

Lift the plant in it's dormant period and wash off the roots.

Cut off a couple of fleshy roots with a clean sharp knife. Not forgetting to put the parent plant back in the borders!

Cut the roots into 2 inch sections, making sure you cut the upperside of the root straight across and the lower at an angle (this helps you to plant the roots the right way up in the pot). Cut all the tiny (fibrous) roots off the cuttings.

Pot up the cuttings (angled side down!) into your growing media, so that the tops of the cuttings are just below the surface. You could just lay them on their sides on the potting media and cover over (handy if you forget to make the angled cuts). Some people also use a fungicide dusting prior to potting up.

Keep moist but not wet.

Papaver orientale, Eryngium, Nepeta, Dicentra and Echinacea are among those which do well from root cuttings.

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