Botanically known as Potentilla fruiticosa ‘Pink Whisper’ this is an excellent plant to put in your yard. It’s easy to grow, easy to care for, flowers all summer into the fall and it’s really easy to propagate.
Pink Whisper Potentilla loves full sun and maybe a little bit ofvshade. But it’s not a good selection for a shady or even a semi shady location. It takes some sunshine to make this baby perform at it’s best.
This plant is hardy from zone 4 through zone 7 and some even rate this plant hardy down to zone 2. That’s amazingly hardy!
The best part about Pink Whisper Potentilla?
It’s super easy to propagate! I do hundreds of these in June and July Using this System and I do hundreds more in December as Hardwood Cuttings. That means that you can essentially propagate this plant from early June through late March in almost all climates.
Potentilla has always amazed me. We stick these little tiny, thin, delicate cuttings. It’s like there is nothing to them. Then we leave them outside, uncovered, in the worst of Ohio’s winter weather with temperatures dropping well below zero. In the spring when you look at the propagation beds you are thinking to yourself; “There is no way those little tiny cuttings survived the winter.” Then a week later you see buds, then leaves. It’s amazing how tough they are.
When we remove them from the propagation beds they are still skinny and scrawny by alive. In a matter of no time they grow into this amazing plant.
One of the best things that I like about Potentilla of all varieties is the more you cut them back the fuller they get and the more they bloom. Potentilla blooms on current years growth. That means that they never fail to bloom because the flower buds never see winter weather.
They start growing in the spring, start making flower buds in early summer and just keep right on blooming until fall. In the fall I cut them back really hard so they look great again the following growing season. When I cut them back in the fall, all of the wood that I remove can be used for hardwood cuttings.
Pink Whisper Potentilla is a great seller for me and it always sells crazy when somebody offers rooted cuttings or liners for sale in the Members Area. A rooted cutting is exactly as it sounds, a cutting, pretty much a stick, with some leaves and roots on the bottom. A liner is a rooted cutting that has been grown out for one growing season. It is starting to branch out and has a much heavier root system than a rooted cutting.
If you have questions or comments about this plant post them below and I’ll do my best to answer them for you.