Propagating coronilla

Coronilla glauca

After initially failing with cuttings from Coronilla, I consulted the propagator’s bible, the RHS Propagating Plants*, and by following their instructions, I was successful.

The book recommends taking greenwood stem-tip cuttings in early summer, when the new growth is just beginning to harden up (although the Coronilla never gets really hard and woody).  Take cuttings about 3-4 inches long, remove any flowers but leave the growing tips on.  Insert into seed and cutting compost (I use Levington’s), cover the pot with a plastic bag, and keep moist.  Mine took a couple of months before showing signs of life.

Helen Senior

*The Royal Horticultural Society Propagating Plants, Editor-in-Chief Alan Toogood, published by Dorling Kindersley