Striking Season

That’s September in Sydney, when spring prunings stabbed into the ground or in a pot would root and grow new plants for free.  Here are some of my free plants.

Some plants provide freebies ready made – the orchids have been growing aerial roots at the base of their stems and it’s a matter of twisting those stems off and giving them new homes.  These are Australian native orchids and they are epiphytes so they pull moisture from the air and don’t root in soil.

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They’re happy to make their homes in forks of trees or hanging from one, in a pot or basket.  I’ve given these free babies to friends who are enjoying their blooms right now.  They need minimal care and happy with some morning sun.

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Abutilons are easy to grow from cuttings.  All mine came from my friends’ garden.  The orange, white and pinks are taller than me and I’m striking a red and a lemon one.  I stripe a piece to the top leaves and take off any flowers or buds.

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They flower continuously on every stem.  If the leaves are large I cut them in half.  They don’t need much light and if you plant them in the shade they’ll grow tall and find the light they need.

Daisies are just as easy.  Take a piece, strip the leaves off and cut off any flowers, stab it in some soil in the ground or in a pot and you have a new plant.  I strike them continuously because the plant tends to get too big and leggy so I clip them until they are too tall then I pull them out and replace them with rooted cuttings.  Hibiscus, impatiens and pelargoniums are just as easy.

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IMG_6819So are figs; the tree shown here was from a thin branch cut from its ‘mother’ and planted in the ground.  Within two years it was bigger than its mum because she was in a pot.

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Erigeron daisies and the little Australian native violets can be pulled out with roots attached and transplanted wherever you want them.  I have roses, gardenias, pomegranate and even a gingko grown from cuttings.  There are too many to catalogue!  All the herbs, for example.  I won’t start on the seed grown trees like citron, oranges and limes.  Yes, trees grown from the fruit of my trees :)
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About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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4 Responses to Striking Season

  1. arlingwoman says:

    Those orchids are fascinating. I always think of them needing particularly care…

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  2. I’m pleased your spring has come. You and Jackie share a talent for transplanting

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