Monday, February 16, 2009

I did it!

Well, I did it.

Thanks to all the encouragement of my garden blogging friends, I took the plunge (and the pruners) and cut off the German Double Pink Brugmansia.

Yep - I whacked her off. And the good news it that I am trying to root threw new ones!

I took three shoots and planted them in good soil with compost and watered them well.

And I talked to them. I hope they all survive.  I know my tall Mama will be better off, because she will continue to grow.  

How fun would it be to have a cluster of them planted together?

So, thanks for all your words of encouragement and "get over it!"

Sometimes it's just hard to cut new growth when you've just seen it come on and you feel lucky to have it in the first place!  

Since I dug her up for the winter, I was so afraid I'd hurt her roots, that I didn't want to take any chances with her.

Cross your fingers for the babies!

I'll keep you posted on their progress.  


queenofseaford said...

Diana, we are all so proud of you. ;-)

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Good job. We knew you could do it.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Good for you Diana and good for your Brug. It will reward you with lots of new growth. I hope the cuttings do well for you too.

Gail said...

I am glad you were able to make the cut! I was visiting with a friend who does this same dance every year then cuts it off..She roots the small cuttings in water. Her success rate is about 95%! gail

Diana said...

Janet - Thanks for the PUSH!

Debbi - I know, I just needed reminding of how silly I was being - holding on.

Lisa - I hope you're right about all the new growth. She sure was pretty when she bloomed.

Gail -- I'm so glad to hear that. I will be holding my breath until those cutting stop looking droopy!

garden girl said...

you'll be so glad you did! I just whacked mine a couple of weeks ago and they look so much better already with great big tufts of new growth. I did the same thing with them last year, and they were gorgeous after I whacked them, much better than if I hadn't. Your babies will surely do well - they are one of the easiest plants to start from cuttings. I just pitched my cuttings this time, as I'm running out sunny spots for the brugs.

By the end of last summer, I couldn't tell the babies from the original plant - that's how much the cuttings grew in just one season.

Diana said...

Garden Girl -- So where exactly do you have your Brugs growing? How much sun do they get per day? I put mine in FULL sun here and it was just too sad, but I am now considering the best place to put her back into the ground. What do you think? I have a spot where I have mid-to-late afternoon shade, because it gets so HOT here.

Frances said...

Hi Diana, yes, we are proud of you, you did the right thing. Maybe put a plastic bag over the cuttings to help get them going? Place a stake to keep the plastic off the leaves until you see roots, or is it too hot there? I am not very good with cuttings myself, but have seen that suggested before. :-)

Diana said...

I am loving all these virtual pats on the back, Frances! I love the plastic tenting idea. Since they are in the greenhouse already, I think they're getting that effect already cuz it's warm and very humid in there. (Especially today since it's drizzling outside!) Thanks for the encouragement ;-)

getgrounded said...

Diana, I've been told that Brugs definitely like afternoon shade here in hot hot Central Texas. Mine only get morning sun for a few hours, then are shaded by the house. Granted, I didn't have prolific blooms, but it was their first year after all, and there was that drought thing, you know.

MrBrownThumb said...

Soon you'll have four plants touching the roof of the greenhouse. LOL.

Diana said...

GetGrounded -- then it is going into the afternoon shady spot I have picked out for it. I have an Esperanza there that is sad because it doesn't get enough sun, so it should be just right for the Brug.

MrBrownThumb - Ha -- you're probably right about that -- that's why my mantra is always, "I am NOT in charge!"

Kylee said...

I know exactly that fear you are speaking of, Diana. It's hard for me to prune back some plants too. My abutilons are one that I just close my eyes and do it, and they always end up better for it, but it's still hard!

I'm sure your brugs will do fine. I've found them extremely easy to root and grow from cuttings and the ones they were cut from do well, too.

Good job! :-)

Diana said...

So far, so good on the baby Brugs, Kylee. I just keep watering them. Yesterday it was 82 degrees! I'm going to move them into the shade today, as it's supposed to be 73. And it was 33 last night. Crazy!