It feels like spring today here at Buttercup Farm and we feel inspired to take some root cuttings ready for the growing season.  It’s very easy and an ideal way to increase your stock of perennials, such as phlox, rhus, mint, Japanese anemones etc.  Take cuttings now and you'll be potting up your new plants in spring.  Here’s how…

With your fork, simply lift the whole plant out of the ground being careful not to damage the roots.  Separate a section of roots and replant the plant.  

Wash the roots in water to remove any soil and cut off approx. 5cm lengths of healthy roots from the main root ball and remove the outer layer from one end of the cutting.   

Fill your plant pots with some gritty compost and make planting holes with a pencil and then place the cuttings, with the nicked end pointing downwards in the compost, cover with more compost, a layer of grit and water. 

Keep them in a cold frame or greenhouse and watch them grow!