Propagating Blue Daze the Right Way
The blue daze (Evolvulus glomeratus) is a beauty that produces stunning blue flowers and narrow silvery-green leaves which is a bonus complementing flower beds and is also great for container gardening. This heat- sun-loving plant that is a herbaceous perennial is widely used in home gardens as a summer annual in tropical regions.
Blue daze can also withstand some afternoon shade and can reach heights of 12 inches with a width of 2-3 ft and grows well in zones 8-11. What I found so amazing about blue daze is new flowers are consistently produced each morning. This flowering beauty is a must for your summer garden however in this article we will be taking a closer look at how to successfully propagate blue daze so you can have an abundance of these flowering plants grown and cared for with your very own hands. For more on how this is done continue reading.
Steps to Successfully Propagate Blue Daze
1. The ideal or best time to propagate blue daze is from late spring to mid-summer.
2. Before making the cut to successfully propagate blue daze ensure that the piece or pieces that are to be propagated are healthy.
3. The stem that’s chosen should not be too woody and hard to bend, but rather snaps when a bit of pressure is applied to it.
4. The stem that’s cut can be anywhere from 4 t0 6 inches with 2 to 3 leaves.
5. The starter container or pot can be anywhere from 6inchs to about 1 gallon with drain holes for drainage.
6. Fill the container with a good potting mix along with perlite or vermiculite, a soil of this type will hold the right amount of water but will allow excess moisture to drain.
7. Wet the potting mixture thoroughly before inserting it into the soil.
8. Once the cutting/cuttings are moistened dip the bottom 1 inch of the stem in water and then in a powder rooting hormone.
9. Gently press the stem with the end that’s powdered into the soil and firm the soil around it.
10. If you are propagating several stems then each stem should be placed in individual containers or the seem container if preferred giving proper spacing.
11. The container/containers should be placed in indirect bright sunlight.
12. The soil should be kept moist at all times but no waterlogged because this moisture will allow or help in root formation.
13. After a month or thereabout check the roots to see if it has grown 1/2 to1 inch long.
14. Once this is done and if you have planted several cuttings together remove and give them their individual container.
15. Continue to moisten the soil, after a few months as the plants grow becoming bushy move to your garden.
The final word on propagating blue daze
Propagating blue daze is a great way to have an abundance of these plants growing in the home garden while saving your hard-earned dollars. The method of propagation is not new but has been around for some time and has proven to be very beneficial when seeking to fill your garden with beautiful plants without having to spend extra. Following these simple but effective steps will give you success as you increase your plant numbers in your home garden which is a win-win for you.