Easy To Root – Aucubas

Aucuba cuttings that have been potted and rooted for about 6 months.

Aucuba cut for a flower arrangemnent and then put in water until rooted. They took about 4 weeks to root.

Some plants are easy to root. Aucubas seem to be one of the easiest shrubs for me. Since Aucuba foliage is a standard for flower arrangements around the house, I always seem to have some rooting or have just potted rooted stems. If you are like me and the flowers die before the foliage does in an arrangement, take the Aucuba stems and put them in a container of water until they are rooted. Just make sure you do not get any leaves into the water. Once the roots are at least the size of the ones shown in the image above, I pot them up in a slightly heavy soil medium that will hold some water but will not sour. Then I place them in the shade except in the winter. This time of the year and through the winter, I place the potted cuttings in our basement near the windows where they get indirect light, or outside against the house and protected against the north wind. Once spring arrives and they are vigorously growing, move them to their permanent home. Aucubas are excellent for planters or great shade shrubs.

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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