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JoolsToo Tue 10-May-05 15:02:02

take a cutting from an ancient Pieris - or is it easier just to by a new a baby one for £6.99 at Hayes Garden Centre

really tho - I'd like to try myself but haven't the foggiest how to go about it - all I know is you cut on a slant!(?). You seem quite knowledgeable in gardening matters so you're my first port of call

WigWamBam Tue 10-May-05 15:08:14

Not Hub2Dee, but I know a bit about plants ...

You can take a cutting from a pieris, the cutting needs to be about 4 - 5 inches long, at a slant if you want to but not necessarily. Stick it in a pot of general compost, water well, cover the pot with a propogator, bottom of a plastic bottle, or plastic bag, put it somewhere warm and light and keep it moist. You can use rooting hormone powder on the cutting but you don't need to.

Should start to take root within about 6 weeks.

JoolsToo Tue 10-May-05 15:13:52

Wiggy - excellent - thankyou very much, that's very clear and concise! - didn't know you were green fingered as well as a master of quotations

Can the cutting be from anywhere on the plant - or is a newish bit best? (sorry if I sound thick but I am clueless in the garden!)

WigWamBam Tue 10-May-05 16:13:36

As far as I know, it doesn't matter. Probably would be better to use some newish growth.

hub2dee Tue 10-May-05 16:57:10

WWB deffo knows more than me.

If you take the cutting from the North East corner of the plant, you will be forever blessed with wealth.

Feng Shui and washing machines, me.


WWB: Syngo landed ?

WigWamBam Tue 10-May-05 17:01:41

Syngo definitely landed, thank you so much.

I was so chuffed with it, I even posted about it here ...

hub2dee Tue 10-May-05 17:08:29

I saw too late ! (I spend most of my time in my tiny uinverse of Threads I'm on. Keeps me busy enough usually).

Did the wire idea backfire ? I was trying to prevent the pot turning upsdie down and crushing all the stems with its weight.... I could see when I was threading it it might have somewhat divided the central clump... does it look OK or sh*t ? Be honest.

WigWamBam Tue 10-May-05 17:13:51

No, it's great, the wire worked really well (although I didn't notice it at first and couldn't work out why you seemed to have glued it into the bottom of the bottle ... I have these moments). It had a bit of compost on the stems where the postman hadn't been too careful with it and the package was a bit wet (luckily the postman's uniform will dry ) but it's travelled really well.


You must let me pay for it though, even if it's just the postage and packaging.

hub2dee Tue 10-May-05 17:18:06

After I dropped it into the bottle I was wondering how you might get it out !

Anyway, glad you like it. It certainly is a crazy looking plant.


WigWamBam Tue 10-May-05 17:20:25

I love it. My dd is very excited by it too, and got quite confused when I started to attack the bottle to get it out ("Mummy, it's easy, just take the top off and pull it out through there!!").

Are you sure about the money?

hub2dee Tue 10-May-05 17:39:01

Is the pope catholic ?

WigWamBam Tue 10-May-05 18:04:27

Very much so ... the offer still stands though.

JoolsToo Tue 10-May-05 18:06:55

hey what about pieris?

WigWamBam Tue 10-May-05 18:08:17

Oh, I see ... my technique's not good enough for you, hey, Jools?

hub2dee Tue 10-May-05 18:10:11

Hi JoolsToo, really I know nothing about propagation outside the bedroom.

You may want to buy another anyway as repeated plants in the garden tends to add structure and looks better (usually) than just a bunch of different ones... but plantaholics will disagree !

JoolsToo Tue 10-May-05 18:11:41

it definitely IS wwb! (I've heard about your 'technique' before )

my glorious pieris is at my old address where GDG now lives so I'll have to wait till my next visit and I shall be following your instructions to the letter

WigWamBam Tue 10-May-05 18:14:26

Oooer, what have you heard about my technique? More to the point, who from??

JoolsToo Tue 10-May-05 18:18:36

aah thanks Hub - its going to be transplanted from my old address to my new (no pieris here yet!)

Wiggy - was just reading the conversation between you and hub on the link you provided

hub2dee Tue 10-May-05 21:57:09

She's a hussy, eh... JoolsToo...

WWB: Maybe you could write some bodice rippers / historical romances / Mills and Boon type stuff ? Not pretending it's highbrow, but it seems to be a popular genre and pays OK ! Have you a book already written (in manuscript) or is it something you'd ever consider ? Reckon you'd be good at it.

WigWamBam Tue 10-May-05 22:00:17

I'm shocked that you should think I'm a hussy. I'm a good girl, I am

Bodice rippers, indeed. Someone of my innocence wouldn't know where to start.

I did have a short story published once, in a women's magazine, won their short story competition, but that was a very long time ago, when I still had a brain and could remember how to use it.

JoolsToo Tue 10-May-05 22:02:02

I'm all ears! off you go then

Once upon a time ..............

(what was it about?)

giraffeski Tue 10-May-05 22:02:17

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hub2dee Tue 10-May-05 22:04:08

Gski: erm... what ya laffin at, girl ? Or have you just found a really funny acacia thorn stuck in your hoof ?

hub2dee Tue 10-May-05 22:05:36

That was dropped in a bit cas, WWB.

What year, What magazine, Were there any guidelines for topic, Can you post a link to the text, Do you still continue to write ? Maybe it would be a really good thing for you to do, Toadie.

WigWamBam Tue 10-May-05 22:06:22

Oh, it was a slightly sci-fi, slightly moralistic tale, although in my defence I was only in my 20s . Young couple go to intergalactic travel agency, can't get to Jupiter so go holidaying on the cheap to beautiful planet, destroyed by wars and famine, now recovered but ininhabited (Gaia principle, doncha know) ... naturally, it's earth ...

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