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Needed! Plant identification and how to take cuttings

  • Needed! Plant identification and how to take cuttings
  • Needed! Plant identification and how to take cuttings

Does anyone know what my friends plant is called? Also how I could take a cutting from it?

Comments (4)

  1. Grower

    Paul & Valerie Guppy

    Is it a Cordyline and we grow our new ones from seed once an adult plant has flowered and set seed.

  2. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    It looks like a Cordyline: they have a central woody stem, rather like a Yucca (but not as spiky-leaved!). Phormium look rather similar, but grow in flat fans, direct from the ground with no stalk.

    If yours does not have any fruits - therefore no seed - you can propagate it from stem cuttings. Unfortunately this means having to chop off one of the stems! But it's a useful way to get new plants, if an existing one has grown too large for the space.

    You could try looking closely around the base of the plant, to see if there are any "toes" or small offsets growing there: these can be detached or carefully dug up and potted on.

  3. Grower

    Naomi Richardson

    Thank you xxx

  4. Grower

    Rob Johnson, Green & Furry pet and garden care

    If your ever do get an inflorescence, that looks like a seperate bush growing out of the top towards the side, the flowers are sweetly scented, creamy white in colour and attract lots of bees. The green seed capsules that follow eventually dry and split to reveal small black seeds. These easily germinate as can be seen at places like the Isle of Man where they grow between the paving stones and cracks in walls, anywhere they are happy in fact. This will not happen in most other parts of these Isles unless in milder parts but after a decent start in a greenhouse or frame, they should be no trouble. They can flower when fairly small, only a few years old, so look out for this.

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