The Q&A Archives: Propagating Pachysandra

Question: I have alot of pachysandra around the house and would like to start some in a bare patch in the backyard. Can I just snip the plants and plant them in the ground, or do I need to root them in water first? Also, when is the best time to do this - should I wait until spring?


Pachysandra is usually propagated by cuttings taken in late spring when the new growth has hardened off a bit and the leaves are mature; the cuttings are put into in a light soil mix and should be well rooted in about 2 months.
Depending on how much of an area you have to fill and how much pachysandra you have to spare, you might try taking some large divisions or clumps in early spring. Water the plants well the day before. Dig out a largish shovel full by carefully digging straight around the edges and going down well below the root zone-- a sharp flat spade works well for this. Replant the "sods" at the same depth they grew originally. Be sure to have a well prepared planting bed supplied with plenty of organic matter to move them into for best success; water them in well and be sure they receive adequate moisture for the full growing season next year. Fill in the spots you dug from with good organic matter to help the remaining plants fill in quickly.

Good luck with your project!

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