Saturday, 24 November 2012
I'm growing it all around the edge of my allotment plot in St Ives. I'm aiming - eventually - to create a windbreak as well as an ornamental boundary. Strong winds - particularly from the West - are a persistent problem on our site ......
For quite a while they just looked like - twigs ! But then they got established and grew on at a tremendous rate.
Before I left (we sold the property) I took some cuttings from the two established plants.
Take a length of around two feet - or cut a larger stem into pieces of that length. Strip off any leaves - but not any buds - just leaving a couple of leaves at the top - so that you know its the top when it comes to planting !
Store the cuttings in a bucket - outdoors - with a couple of inches of water to keep their feet wet. Mine were kept like that for a good four weeks before planting - and didn't seem to come to any harm.
The best time of year to take cuttings is November - January - when the plants are relatively dormant and have drawn down their sap.
I was unsure about spacing - so using common sense and guesswork -planted mine about two feet apart. This seems to have worked ok.
Now almost all of them seem to have got established - with roots down and a bit of growth.
They haven't really needed any care - and there has been no shortage of water this Summer !