Monday, 7 September 2020

The impatient gardener

Having said I love raising plants from seeds and cuttings and that I don’t need instant results, I should also tell you that I like to know what’s happening.  It’s not unusual for me to have a rootle in the compost to see if my seeds are germinating, or tug on a cutting to check if it’s rooted.  Don’t try this yourself it’s usually destructive.

When I put my yucca cuttings into a pot I knew they should root within 3 to 4 weeks.  Of course after 2 weeks I gave them a gentle(ish) tug and there was some resistance, they still looked quite perky though a few of the lower leaves had turned brown, I cut those off.

After 2.5 weeks I went for it, I tipped them out and both pieces had more good strong roots than I ever expected.  I should have taken a photo but I was so pleased I couldn’t wait to get them safely into individual pots.

They are fantastic, they are big and bold, they look brilliant, they cost nothing.  I don’t think I could be happier with myself for finding them thrown out on the land below us and for establishing these lovely new plants.


  1. I know exactly what you mean about tugging on a cutting, I feel suitably admonished!

  2. Guilty as charged on the pulling affair😊
    They look fit and healthy and soften that corner quite well.

  3. So good that you have been able to give these plants a new lease of life!