I just posted 2 pictures on <alt.binaries.pictures.gardens> under this
They show Artemisia about 3 seasons old, getting leggy and growing a
"beard" on lower part of stems.
When I put in the Artemisia, I was warned that
pruning would "discourage" or kill it.
Is that advice valid? There must be a way to
keep the Artemisia looking healthy.
Any advice welcome.
(also, did I do the .jpg posting correctly? sorta new at this...)
Sunset advises pruning woody Artemisia in the spring, just before
new growth begins. You can even cut into old wood to force a
complete renovation of the plant.
When you prune, take cuttings to root in a 50-50 mix of peatmoss
and coarse sand (NO nutrients added). Of six Artemisia 'Powis
Castle', one failed to survive this past spring; and two others
were late in showing new growth. I took four cuttings from the
three that were thriving. Two rooted. One rooted cutting replaced
the plant that died. The other is still in a pot in case I have to
replace another one next spring.
Non-woody Artemisia can be cut to the ground in the late fall, to
resprout in the spring.
Thanks for reply. I wish I had my hands around the neck of whoever
told me not to cut them back or else they would die!
Since you mention Sunset, I assume you noticed I'm in So. Calif.
Coastal. Our "Spring" starts pretty early. Can I cut back those
puppies as early as Feb?
Hadn't thought of rooting, but it's a great idea I root a
lot of stuff with mostly good luck. Usually take tender little
side shoots. Is that what you would do with Artemisia
If you are in a frost-free area, you can cut them back in late
January. I misread Sunset last year and cut mine back in October,
which might explain why half of mine did so poorly (one died).
I'm in the hills just north of the Ventura Freeway, between the San
Fernando Valley and Thousand Oaks (off Kanan Rd just north of
Agoura Hills). We get frost several nights in a row in December
and January with occational frosts as late as early March. The
frost disappears as the sun rises. Maybe once in 10-15 years, ice
will form in wet spots and remain until afternoon. In the past 32
years here, I saw snow 2-3 times.
Artemisia cuttings root relatively easily for woody plants. They
self-layer if a branch touches the ground. I used tip shoots for
my cuttings. But then I'm always pinching the tips to keep the
plants under control.
FOLKS PLEASE GO TO THE BOTTOM- I'M ASKING FOR INFO
ON ROOTING IN GENERAL - TIP SHOOTS VS SIDE SHOOTS.
NOW he tells me <g>!
But seriously, podner, I much appreciate the details re:
your area vs. mine. (For anybody who thinks So. Calif is all one
climate, think again. David just posted a cogent explanation
Any general opinions on tip shoots vs. small side shoots for
rooting? I'm rarin' to go!
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