Michelle checks out the penstemon cuttings she took earlier this year to see their progress


In the August 11 issue of AG I took some penstemon stem-tip cuttings, and propagated them in black plastic rolls, using moistened sphagnum moss.

At the weekend I saw that most of them were putting on new growth, so I decided to unroll the plastic and take a look at the roots. Always a nervous moment!

All but two had rooted extremely well, so I carefully removed them from the plastic and potted them up in a seed and cuttings compost, with some of the moss attached, as I did not want to damage the roots.

The cuttings are growing happily in my greenhouse, and will be kept frost-free until they are ready to be planted out next spring.