Gardening | 12 May 2017How to Grow Perennials from Cuttings Share article facebook twitter google pinterest There’s something so rewarding and encouraging about perennials. Their name says it all: they’ll be back year after year, which is exactly what we count on by the time autumn and winter have turned the landscape gray and barren and it’s hard to imagine colorful leafy life will ever return. Use cuttings to add even more perennials to your yard, garden, or containers with this easy how-to from author Beth Botts in Illinois, Indiana & Ohio Month-by-Month Gardening. Illinois, Indiana & Ohio Month-by-Month Gardening Guide How to Grow Perennials from Cuttings Take the cuttings from new growth in spring, usually in May. Snip about 6 inches from the end of a stem, with about two sets of leaves (the new roots will sprout from the leaf nodes, the places where the leaves are attached). Keep the cuttings moist. Prepare small pots or a flat filled with moist potting mix. Use a chopstick, pencil, or stick to make a hole in the potting mix. On each cutting, cut just below the lowest set of leaves. Snip off the lower leaves. Dip the bare stem end in rooting hormone powder and place it in the hole in the potting mix. Gently snug the potting mix around the stem. Place the cuttings in part sun, if they are sun-loving perennials, or part shade, if they are shade lovers. Keep them watered, being especially careful during dry spells, until they develop a strong set of roots, which typically takes six to eight weeks. You can tell the cuttings have roots when you feel resistance while gently tugging on the stem. Plant them out in the garden before the end of June, or keep them in pots during the hot summer. Wait until the weather cools in September rather than planting them during the hot, dry months of July and August. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: AU: The when-to and how-to schedule for growing, caring for, and maintaining your garden in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio! Never garden alone! The Month-by-Month Gardening series is the perfect companion to take the guesswork out of gardening. With this book, you’ll know what to do each month to have gardening success all year, from January to December. It’s full of the when-tos and how-tos of gardening along with richly illustrated step-by-step instructions, so you can garden with confidence. With a fresh look and updated information, Illinois, Indiana & Ohio Month-by-Month Gardening includes all the when-to and how-to information that has made these books so popular over the years, presented in a new, easier-to-use format with more full-color photography and the most current information available. From planting to watering and fertilizing, and from maintenance to problem solving, Illinois, Indiana & Ohio Month-by-Month Gardening shows all levels of gardeners the best practices to grow satisfying and rewarding results. Beth Botts has written hundreds of articles about gardens and nature for publications including the Chicago Tribune and magazines including Organic Gardening, Country Gardens and Chicagoland Gardening. Raised on the south side of Chicago by an organic gardener, she now gardens in deep shade on the north side of a four-story apartment building. Botts is a senior writer at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois. Her website is thegardenbeat.com. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.