Willing your plants to stay alive



I propagated this Rhododendron recently. I snipped off the ends, dipped them in some rooting hormone, and stuck them in the ground. I knew lots of rain was forecasted and the ground is staying damp but not too wet. This may not work at all but with so many to choose from in my neighbor’s yard it won’t be a huge loss. Right?

Admit it, every time you plant a seed or take a cutting you secretly stand there hoping all your work isn’t going to die. How many of us has worked a whole day in the garden only to have what we’ve accomplished get unaccomplished.

How many of you have propagated cuttings that didn’t make it? Maybe I won’t be too disappointed.

RhodendronIt might would be a tad bit disappointing if they don’t live.

RhododendronI might be down right devastated.

RhododendronsHand me a kleenex as I’ve started to cry just imagining they might not make it.

I was also thinking, how many times have your raked leaves then the wind comes along?; put down new mulch and the rain washes it away?; planted in shade and then the shade goes away?; cleaned yourself up after a long hard day of working and then discover you forgot to put the tools away?

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Racquel says:

    Good luck with your your Rhodie cuttings. I’ve had all those disappointments at one time or another. Alas there is no guarantee with gardening. We have to take the sorrow with the joy. 🙂


  2. nancybond says:

    I do hope your cuttings survive! I know what it’s like to “will a plant to live” — I wanted so badly to see just one, itty bitty bloom on a wine coloured moth orchid I bought, but nooo — buds formed, got fat, shriveled up and fell off, unopened. So, off with its head! 🙂 Into the compost it went.
    That’s awful Nancy—I’ve had that happen too–dumb plant. This won’t be the first time I’ve failed or the last. We keep trying huh?


  3. All the time!!!
    What an amazing rhodo, gorgeous colour. This spring, when the snow finally melted, I found that the boxwood shrubs that I had planted last year, in hope of someday having a hedge, were all broken in the middle. As it was spring, and way too much to do, I just stuck the broken pieces in the ground beside the parent plant. I just checked them two weeks ago and some of them have roots. I’m so pleased. Your rhodo WILL make it.
    I’ve done it with azaleas too and I’m so hoping this will make it. It’s not fair that you can root boxwoods. I’ve tried them twice and can’t get them to grow.


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