|I want to plant several star jasmine on the side of my house. I have a couple of plants already and I was told I could clip runners and place them in water, then they would root and I could plant them. Is this true? If so, how long do they need to stay in the water before planting? Then, what type of sun exposure do they like?
|Tip cuttings may root in water for you but an easier way to propagate your existing plants is through a process called layering. Layering can take a month, or an entire summer season but it is much easier to do. To do it, simply bend a branch down to the ground in a "U" shape. Loosen the soil where it touches the ground. Wound the branch a bit on the underside where it touches the soil, and bury that base of the U lightly allowing the growing tip to show above ground. Cover the buried section with several inches of organic mulch such as shredded bark and weight it down with a rock if needed. Water occasionally to keep it moist but not soggy and check periodically for roots. Once a nice set of roots has developed you can separate it from the mother plant. Good luck with your project!|