Hebe is a genus of woody plants, native to New Zealand, that contains 100 species, according to the Hebe Society, and more than 1,000 cultivars. If you are looking for a plant that will attract butterflies to the garden, consider planting hebe. It grows equally as well in containers as in the ground, prefers a somewhat dry soil and is a low-maintenance plant. Take your hebe cutting in the summer.
Prune 3 to 4 inches of the current season’s growth from the hebe. Make the cut just below a node (the area on the stem where a leaf joins it).
Remove the bottom two sets of leaves from the cutting.
Fill a planting pot with sand and moisten it until wet. Allow the water to completely drain from the bottom of the pot. Stick a pencil into the sand to create a planting hole for the hebe cutting.
Dip the cut end of the hebe stem in the rooting hormone and tap the cutting on the side of the jar to remove any excess powder.
Stick the hebe cutting into the sand far enough so that two leaf nodes (area on the stem where the leaves were attached) are buried. Pack the sand around the cutting to ensure good contact.
Place the pot in a well-lit area, out of direct sunlight, and water only when the soil dries. Plant the cutting in the garden the following spring.
Things You Will Need
- Pruning shears
- Planting pot
- Horticultural sand
- Rooting hormone
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