Last updated on March 28th, 2022
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There are three ways you can propagate alpines successfully. The three methods used are incredibly similar to the method you would use for most other plants whether taking cuttings or sowing seeds. They include:
- Sowing seeds: The process removes seeds from alpines and cultivates new alpines from them. You can also buy rockery plant seeds from local garden centres and online.
- Dividing established plants: The process of lifting and dividing an existing plant is probably the easiest and a great way to spread existing plants into new areas.
- Taking cuttings: The process of cutting part of an existing plant before or after it flowers and growing a new root structure and subsequently, a new plant from it. This is probably the second easiest way after dividing.
Propagating from Seed
There are some species that like to reproduce on their own from seeds. Only true species are the likely candidates for this because hybrids are often sterile, even if they do produce seeds. The easiest way to ensure you have good quality seeds is by purchasing them from a reputable seed retailer.
The process is simple. You take the seeds from the plant after flowering or buy new seeds and then place them in a new container or seed tray with compost. They will start to develop their root system the same as other plants and can be moved outside after this is done. If you take the seeds at the end of summer, you should keep the new alpines indoors until the following spring, at which point you can move them outside and allow them to establish themselves in the garden before the flowering phase.
If you propagate at the end of the summer and then move them outdoors in autumn, they won’t have enough time to get established and store nutrients for the winter.
Best selling rockery plant seeds
- Lewisia is a plant genus, named for the American explorer Meriwether Lewis who encountered the species in 1806. The native habitat of Lewisia species is north facing cliffs in western North America. Local Native Americans ate the roots, which have also been used to treat sore throats.
- Rockery and bedding plant that thrives in poor soil. The mixture contains ivory white, rich orange, deep yellow, rich salmon, pink, peach, red and white with stripe.
- Sow Autumn or Spring.
- Comes with Instructions
- Easy to Grow
- It is easy to plant. It will climb and cover your garden ground, is a wonderful decoration. Occasion: home, garden, outdoor, etc.
- Masses of pink, rose red and white flowers, evergreen tuft. 20cm height.
- Evergreen Perennial
- Sow April-July on compost surface, 3-4 weeks at 15-20°C.
- Comes with Instructions
- Easy to Grow
- Sow Mar – Jun under glass or in heated conditions on fine soil based compost and lightly cover with compost or vermiculite.
- Can be sown directly outside from late Apr to Jun. When large enough to handle transplant to trays or pots and grow on.
- Plant to growing position in early autumn. Flowers the year following sowing annually in Mar-Apr.
- Professional DEFRA licenced Quality Seed Supply only - Minimal packaging - Ziplock labelled bags - Instructions not attached - See details provided above for cultivation advice.
Propagating by dividing established plants
Dividing rockery plants is the easiest and fastest way to propagate alpines. You can use this method on older, established plants. Simply lift them out of the ground or the container right after they have finished flowering. Shake away as much soil from the roots as you can. Gently break the plant into individual pieces with their roots, and re-pot them in sandy compost, John Innes potting compost mixed with 30% grit is ideal. Certain plants like succulents will break off at natural points or nubs and can be re-potted easily.
One particularly unique aspect of alpine plants is that most can be propagated by simply detaching a piece of the existing plant that has already formed roots and putting it directly into a new container or directly into the ground. If you have a large plant in the ground you can simply use a trowel or spade to cut a section off the existing plant ensuring you get as much root as possible.
Propagating with Cuttings
You can also propagate rockery plants by taking cuttings. There are certain alpine plants that grow in a single crown from which the procumbent stems grow. In order to do this, you want to make a nodal cutting right at the soft tip for the new shoot.
Be selective about the shoots that you cut. You don’t want any that already has flower buds because these will very rarely produce healthy plants.
Once you have the new shoot in hand, use a very sharp knife to make a clean cut and remove the lower leaves. Put the cutting into seed compost or sand they should be placed closely together in small pots or trays with individual cells (as pictured above) and put in a ventilated area that is shaded and closed off from direct sunlight until you notice roots growing out of the cuttings and then they can be potted up into larger 9cm pots. We recommend growing them on in 9cm pots before planting them directly in the garden.
Whichever of these three methods you use remember that it’s important to know which variety of alpine plant you have so that you can pick the most suitable option and employ the technique at the right time. Using the right technique at the right time will go a long way toward ensuring the success of your propagation.
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