HOW TO PROPAGATE THE JAPANESE ANEMONE FROM ROOT CUTTINGS

The Japanese anemone - Anemone hupehensis

The Japanese anemone - Anemone hupehensis, is a hardy ornamental flowering plant native to central China. It was introduced to English gardens in 1844, and since that time became something of a darling of Victorian propagators who subsequently produced a number of popular selected cultivars.

The following have received the Award of Garden Merit from the the Royal Horticultural Society:

'Bowles's Pink'
'Hadspen Abundance'
'Honorine Jobert'
'K├Ânigin Charlotte' ('Queen Charlotte')
'Pamina'
'September Charm'


Sections of anemone roots - Image credit www.artistsgarden.co.uk
The Japanese anemone is easily propagated through division between October and March, but this shouldn't be done until after the parent plant had has a chance to establish itself for several years.

Alternatively, root cuttings can be taken between November and January.

Insert 1-2 inch sections into pots containing equal parts of peat and sand by volume. The cuttings should be about 2 inches apart so that the horizontal cut surface at the top of the root is just below the surface of the compost and top dress with a 3/8 inch layer of grit.
Water the compost lightly and place the pots in a cold frame.

In the following spring, pot up individually when the cuttings show signs of growth and are well rooted. Grow plants on and plant out the following year.

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