Nandina domestica (sacred bamboo) is not a bamboo at all but makes a wonderful border or low hedge along a side fence.
I can't have a garden without cordylines.
Step one was to get everything ready. I'm using an old table as my potting bench and a black plastic tray to mix the components of the mix. For cuttings I like to use a mix of normal potting mix, sand and vermiculite, plus some water crystals. I don't add any fertiliser at this stage because all I'm aiming for is root development. I want the mix to remain damp but have enough drainage to ensure the cuttings don't rot.
Because I want as many cuttings as possible I will be using styrofoam vegetable boxes until they have a reasonable root system, then they will go into pots with a less open mix and some slow-release fertiliser.
John washed out some pots in a bleach solution to ensure the new plants will be healthy.
The cordylines, sacred bamboo and coleus in their boxes.
The crotons I placed in water in October/November were ready to go into pots. They all have good root systems and have started to produce new leaves. They should really take off now.
The greenhouse is still looking quite empty but in a few weeks time it will hopefully be packed with new plants. I'm probably doing many more than necessary for the new garden but they won't go to waste. Friends with gardens will find homes for them.
Next weekend the aim is to do more cuttings and to divide some of the clumping plants as well - looking forward to making lots of new plants.