In beds like the one you see above I stick my cuttings about one cutting per square inch. I really put them as close together as 3/4″ of an inch, but the rows are about 1-1/2″ apart. That’s about one cutting per square inch. That’s 144 cuttings in a square foot. If you sell those cuttings for $1.25 each which is kinda on the low end these days, that’s $180. So there you have it in a nut shell.
The system that we use for getting these softwood cuttings to root in six to eight weeks is A Simple, Yet Very Effective Set Up. Details here.
Danger, danger, stranger danger.
The big thing that you have to be aware of these days when rooting cuttings is to be careful that you do not root anything that is patented. Many, many plants that are sold in garden center today are patented. If it’s in a colored, branded pot, then there is a good chance that it is patented. But the only true way to know is to check the plant tag. The tag will show whether or not the name of the plant is a registered trademark and whether or not the plant has been issued a plant patent number.
Notice! I am Not a Lawyer, this is Not Legal Advice. I’m a ‘Dumb Ole Dirt Farmer’. Do not take legal advice from a dirt farmer.
This is the back of a plant tag for ‘Lilac Lipstick’ Salvia. At the very top of the tag it says, “Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited”. There you have it. Do not propagate this plant.
Is it patented? Not yet. At least not at the time of the printing of this tag, but right under the name of the plant you’ll see PPAF. That means, “Plant Patent Applied For”. More than likely the patent will be issued. If it were patented there would be Plant Patent number like PP552149, or something like that.
Just walk away. There are way too many plants that you and I are free to propagate.
Interestingly enough the name of this plant is not a registered trademark. There is no “R” with a circle around it symbol after the name of the plant like this; Endless Summer® Hydrangea.
Not only is Endless Summer Hydrangea a patented plant, but the name is also a registered trademark. So even after the patent expires, 20 years from the date of application, the name is still protected.
However and this is a huge however!
Where can you buy them? Probably not in a garden center, but in Our Members Area they are often sold for less than $3.00 each.
Listen, there are tons and tons of plants that are in the public domain that you and are free to grow and propagate. They are a bit tricky to track down, but they are out there and there is no better way to find them than in our members area. Not to mention a million other things you can learn along the way.
Hardwood cuttings are really easy to do.
Hardwood cuttings are so doggone easy it’s crazy. Lately I’ve done hundreds and hundreds of them.
What am I rooting as hardwood cuttings right now? Silver Dollar Hydrangea, Ruby Slippers Hydrangea, Pink Diamond Hydrangea, Phantom Hydrangea, Tardiva Hydrangea, Dappled Willow and Red Prince Weigela.
There are a ton of other plants that you can do from hardwood cuttings, but those are the ones that I am doing now.
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