Sunday, June 14, 2015

Baptisia 'Blue Towers'

Baptisia can also be rooted from stem cuttings. Cuttings are genetically identical to the plant that provided them, which ensures the preservation of desirable characteristics such as unusual stem or flower color. Be aware that many new Baptisia cultivars are patented and cannot be legally grown from cuttings or other clonal propagation methods.
Most baptisias root easily in spring when the growth is still relatively soft, but the success rate drops as the stems harden. Good cutting material can generally be found in late April to early May. Cuttings should be taken so that at least one set of leaf buds can be inserted below the potting mix surface. Dip cutting in a rooting hormone and insert into a mix of 3 parts composted bark to 1 part peat. Keep humidity around cuttings high with a supported plastic tent. Cuttings should root in about 8 weeks.
Division or transplanting of Baptisia is difficult because of their deep woody root system and should be avoided unless absolutely necessary.
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  1. It is a beautiful plant. We have so few spike kind of plants up here that will overwinter. One can buy new each year. I have been seeing this baptista on other blogs and it does fascinate me. You really have a good stand of it in your garden. It is interesting what you share about how it has to be moved carefully.

  2. Larry it's funny you commented on this post. I just put put this info here as a reminder to buy this plant and how to propagate more. Sorry for the confusion.