GARDENING PROPAGATION

Gardening: Watch Your Heads

February 27th, 2013 No Comments
Cordyline Compacta Head Cutting

Cordyline Compacta
aka Dolly or Baby Doll
Head Cutting

 

 

Needless to say that my partner and I will probably never have to worry about running out of Cordylines, lol.  He has 1000s of them around the place, no kidding.  Of course that doesn’t stop us from propagating them.  After all, when it comes to the less common, or even rare, cordylines we are always looking to buff up the supply.  Here are the steps to do the same with your cordylines.  In fact this can be done with a number of plants, especially those that have a “woody” like stalk.

 

 

 

 

 

STEP  ONE

STEP ONE
Cut the head of your plant from its parent stalk.
Be sure to leave 2-3 inches from the base of the leaves.

STEP  TWO

STEP TWO
Pull any dead/yellowing leaves from your head cutting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP  THREE

STEP THREE
Cut away any dead/brown spots from the leaves of your cutting.

STEP  FOUR

STEP FOUR
Gently wash the stem your plant to remove any dirt or bugs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEP  FIVE

STEP FIVE
Using hot/melted wax, cauterize the end of your cutting.

STEP  SIX

STEP SIX
Place cut, cauterized stem in a jar of water.
Be sure the water only comes up about half way between end and base of leaves.

 

 

The beautiful thing about this method is that from one cut, you will end up with a new plant (your head cutting), but your parent plant will sprout at least two new heads! For me I love it, as now your parent plant (which is usually still in your garden) will be fuller and bushier. 😀

RESULT

RESULT
After about 2-3 weeks your head cutting will begin to sprout roots!

RESULT

RESULT
Parent plant will sprout new heads after 2-3 weeks.

 

About the author

I’m a Goth/Hippie who loves to try new things and dabbles in anything and everything that I find enjoyment in. That can include but is not limited to, cooking, art, digital design, jewellery making, photography, gardening, nature, animals and whatever else strikes my fancy. I’m an optimistic (occasionally) perfectionist (constantly), who can be very sarcastic (incessantly), but all in good humour. :)

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