How to Propagate Ajuga PlantsPlants & Flowers Last Updated On 09/10/2020
Ajuga plants, commonly known as bugleweed, are low-growing plants that are ideal as a ground cover. These are tough plants that can survive many different circumstances. Ajuga plants are vigorous and they are famous for their bright, semi-green foliage. These plants also produce attractive flower spikes in various shades of blue.
What is great about Ajuga plants is that they grow quickly and can cover large areas with shiny foliage and beautiful flowers. They can quickly form a mat on the ground that doesn't require much care.
Ajugas Grow Vigorously
One might wonder how to propagate these plants. The good news is that Ajugas are very easy to propagate. In fact, it can often happen without your wish: Ajuga plants can sometimes become invasive on their own.
This can lead to plants growing all the way across the lawn and into places reserved for other plants. This is something you need to keep in mind when deciding to grow Ajuga plants in your garden.
Preparing the Soil
The first thing you need to do is to prepare a space in your garden to plant your Ajugas. The best place to choose is a sunny spot. If this is impossible to find, try a spot that is in light shade. Keep in mind that Ajugas can't flower if they are in full shade.
The best soil for Ajuga plants is moist and fertile. You can work in some humus or other organic material in the soil before you decide to plant the Ajugas.
Ajuga Plants Propagation
If you wish to propagate Ajuga plants there are a few simple tips to follow. Remember, they are known for their rapid growth so this is something you should keep in mind before you attempt to propagate them.
There are two main ways of propagation: from plant seeds or by division. Both methods can provide excellent results.
Propagating by seeds is one of the methods you can use to grow new Ajuga plants. With this method, you simply sow Ajuga plant seeds in containers. It is best to do this in the fall or spring. Once they are in the ground, cover the seeds with a thin layer of compost. It is also important to keep the soil moist. The seeds should germinate in about a month or a little less.
Once the growth is above the ground, simply prick out the individual plants and move them to larger containers. Wait until the summer to move the young plants to the garden beds.
Propagating by divisions is the other method of growing new Ajuga plants. Keep in mind that Ajugas spread through the underground runners called stolons. Stolons root the plant in the soil and form clumps. These clumps eventually get too crowded so they start to lose vigor. When this happens, it is a good time to pick them up and divide them. This will give you additional Ajuga plants.
It is best to do this in the early spring or fall. Propagating through division is simple: just dig out the clumps and cut them apart (or pull them) into smaller sections. Once this is done, simply replant them in another location.
Another thing you can do is to simply cut out bigger sections of the plant mats and move them to a new location.
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