How to Start Escallonia Pink Princess Plants

Overview

Escallonia pink princess (escallonia x exoniensis "Fradesii") is a compact-growing evergreen shrub that grows to approximately 5 to 6 feet tall with an equal spread. The flowers of escallonia pink princess are rose-red in color and are known to attract both butterflies and birds. Starting escallonia is done via a soft-wood cutting in either July or August.

Step 1

Mix together equal amounts of sand and potting mix. How much sand and potting mix you mix together depends on how many escallonia pink princess cuttings you wish to start. Scoop the sand and potting mix mixture into individual 3- or 4-inch plastic pots that have been sterilized.

Step 2

Pack the sand and potting mix mixture into the pots until it's very well compressed. To do this, you can use the base of a 2-inch pot, a square piece of wood or even a metal spoon. Pour water into each of the pots to thoroughly saturate the potting mix.

Step 3

Snip off a 5- to 6-inch section of fresh growth from an escallonia pink princess plant using gardening shears, preferably a section that has a bit of woody growth at its base. Remove the leaves from the cutting, but leave one pair of leaves toward the tip. Cut this pair of leaves in half (to prevent water loss).

Step 4

Dip the cut end of the escallonia pink princess cutting into the hormone rooting powder to a depth of approximately 3/4 inch. Gently tap the escallonia pink princess cutting to remove excess hormone powder.

Step 5

Poke a 1- to 1 1/2-inch deep hole in the sand and potting mix mixture in one of the pots using your finger. Carefully set the escallonia pink princess cutting into the hole. Then, use your thumb and index finger to pinch the sand and potting mix in firmly around the cutting. Do this for all pots.

Step 6

Place a plastic bag over each of the pots to help prevent moisture loss and and provide a beneficial, humid atmosphere. To keep the air circulating correctly around the cutting, make sure the bag does not touch it. Set the pots in a warm, light-filled location. The temperature should be between 65 degrees F and 75 degrees F, and there should be at least eight to 10 hours of light made available daily.

Step 7

Loosen the plastic bag and water the escallonia pink princess cuttings only when the soil in the pots starts to appear dry. New growth should begin forming within three to four weeks. After the escallonia pink princess are growing well, use a liquid-based fertilizer twice monthly and follow the directions as to how much you should use per quart or gallon of water. Leave the new escallonia pink princess plants undisturbed (except for watering and fertilizing) until the following spring when you can transplant them into larger growing containers or into the ground.

Things You'll Need

  • Sand
  • Potting mix
  • 3- or 4-inch pots
  • Bleach
  • Spoon
  • Gardening shears
  • Hormone rooting powder
  • Plastic bags

References

  • Plants for a Future.com
  • Sunset's Plant Finder
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About this Author

Katelyn Lynn is a certified holistic health practitioner who specializes in orthomolecular medicine and preventative modalities. She also has extensive experience in botany and horticulture. Lynn has been writing articles for various websites relating to health and wellness since 2007. She has been published on gardenguides.com. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in alternative medicine from Everglades University.