Trees & Shrubs

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Clever cloning

Do you have a favourite deciduous shrub or vine growing in your garden that you would like to clone?

Well, this winter, try your hand at taking some ‘hardwood’ cuttings. It’s easier than you think! Hardwood cuttings is the technical sounding term for taking pieces of stems from plants like hydrangeas, wisteria and grapevines during winter and encouraging them to grow their own roots.

How To Guide:

  1. Choose leafless stems around 0.75 – 1 cm thick and cut off 15 – 18 cm long pieces.
  2. The top cut should be just above a node (the bud where the new leaves develop) and the bottom cut just below a node. Make a slanted cut at the top so you can remember which way is up.
  3. Dip the bottom ends of the cuttings into Yates® Clonex® Red Rooting Hormone Gel. Clonex Red contains a concentrated plant hormone which helps promote root development as well as sealing and protecting the cutting.
  4. Insert the dipped ends of the cuttings into pots filled with Yates Seed Raising Mix and keep in a cool, sheltered, well lit position. A Yates® Mini Greenhouse provides an ideal environment to keep cuttings until they form roots in a few months time.
  5. Once roots are well established, individual cuttings can be transplanted into small pots to grow until they are big enough to be planted out into the garden.

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Fragrant memories

Dianthus are a gorgeous family of flowers that bring cottage style, colour and fragrance to garden beds, borders and pots. Memories can be triggered by scent and studies have shown that people suffering with dementia and Alzheiner’s may feel more relaxed when they’re able to smell fragrant plants.

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Dianthus ‘Memories’ was bred specifically to support Alzheimer’s research. It has pure white beautifully fragrant flowers held on sturdy stems.

Growing Guide:

Did you know? 50 cents from the sale of each Dianthus Memories plant goes directly to the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation.

Dianthus ‘Candy Floss’ is another beautiful dianthus, with frilly, double candy pink delicately perfumed flowers.

Growing Guide:

Dianthus Memories and Candy Floss information and images courtesy of Plant Growers Australia

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