When I put a couple of the lovely pink flowerheads of sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ in a vase on the windowsill along with a hydrangea stem, I never expected that they would still look so fresh a month later, even as the hydrangea petals gently fade…

Or that the sedum heads would scatter seeds all over the windowsill.

And then throw out long slender roots and new eager green shoots beneath the water.

This plant really wants to propagate…


9 thoughts on “Stubborn

  1. Dear Sara – clicked to enlarge this lovely image just to see the glorious contorted detail of the roots. They emulate the background trees so artistically! Glad to know Sedums can be propagated this way as I often fail with cuttings.

    Laura x

    • Hi Laura, Thank you. I rather liked the silhouette of the stems and the threadlike roots against the horse chestnut tree outside. It appears that sedums virtually propagate themselves! No effort required…
      Sara x

  2. Hi Sara; I have done this in the past with Geraniums. No need to buy “hormone rooting power”, just stick them in a glass of water for a few days, and 9 times out of 10 they produce roots. Love your photo, by the way — very artistic!

    • Hi Mark, Thank you. It still surprised me; I think because I hadn’t perceived these as cuttings but rather as cut flowers, very few of which will root in a vase of water – although I believe some roses will, if you’re lucky? I would have picked a non-flowering stem to propagate, but these succulents don’t seem at all fussy!

  3. I have had the same happen with a cutting of Guara – I didnt think it would work but it did, just need to pot it up

    • Oh that’s good to know. I bought some Gaura seeds at the end of the summer and have a few seedlings germinated in the greenhouse that I hope to nurse through to the spring (or re-sow!) to plant out; when they establish I can enjoy them in the house at the same time as propagating them!

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