A Neat Way To Root Aucubas

This arrangement of variegated aucuba and alstroemeria was done in florist foam. The alstroemeria lasted about 10 days before they were removed.

Once the alstroemeria died and were removed, I added fresh gypsophila and allowed it to dry in place.

After about 6 weeks the aucuba has rooted in the florist foam.

Break the florist foam apart and expose the roots and pot up in soil.

Once potted make sure the soil stays moist for about a week and then treat as you would any potted evergreen. Keep in shade and shelter from the cold wind. Mulch pot if temperatures are extreme. Next spring they will be ready to give away or put into the garden.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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