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Cuttings

Prices as below. To be sent out in March 2024

Here are the cuttings (and prices) which we can provide on a seasonal basis. Please sign up for our free e-news to be advised of dates available.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE ARE UNROOTED CUTTINGS! They are cut and sent on the day, will travel quite safely but for optimum results be prepared to handle them as soon as they arrive.

PROCESS:

  1. Watch out for a notification in our e-news. These cuttings are seasonal and NOT available at other times of the year.
  2. Please pre-order the cuttings you require (to ensure we do not oversell). Email with your name, address (for mail), phone number (mobile preferred) and quantities and selection.
  3. Cuttings are $12 for one. Add $5 for each additional cutting (any species) required. Then add $12 for P&P. Add an extra $5.50 if it’s going to a rural delivery address. Pay by internet banking into the MBNZT bank account with Kiwibank  38-9009-0654693-00 using your surname, postcode and 'cuttings' as reference.
  4. Cuttings will be sent out on Monday, 25 March (OR the date advised in the e-news) and you will be sent details by email.
  5. Please be prepared to open and put them into the medium immediately upon receipt. Here is a useful Youtube video to watch, from 4.18 minutes on. (The video is about Australian native plants but other plants/methods are discussed.)
  6.  Cuttings could include the following plants, unless otherwise noted.

Ageratum houstonianum

monarch on ageratum

Mostly referred to as Ageratum, sometimes blue mistflower, gives you beautiful colour and abundant nectar. About 400mm tall it has flat-top flowerheads with dense, fuzzy tufts of tiny florets in a violet blue colour. It will thrive in a moist garden in full sun or partial shade but cannot tolerate dry areas. It is great for erosion control or as a ground cover.

Buddleja madagascariensis – Madagascan butterfly bush

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B. madagascariensis is a substantial evergreen shrub with fragrant yellow flowers through autumn and winter. It is a buddleia, but it is NOT the pest plant, so you ARE allowed it.

Buddleja salviifolia – Winter-flowering buddleia

B. salviifolia with monarch

B. salviifolia flowers in late winter or early spring. It’s very popular with butterflies as they return from overwintering. It is a buddleia, but it is NOT the pest plant, so you are allowed it in your garden.

Cuphea – more details to come

Blue Butterfly On Cuphea Hyssopfolia

Dahlia tenuicaulis – Single tree dahlia

Dahlia tenuicaulis with monarch and bee (2021_08_13 01_23_13 UTC)

My D. tenuicaulis is about 3 metres tall with dramatic bamboo-like canes topped with these pink/purple blooms. This one seems to bloom all year round! Originally from southern Mexico it is rarely seen for sale. Very bushy but easy to prune back. The blooms can be up to 100 mm wide.

Eurphorbia pulcherrima – Poinsettia

Monarch on poinsettia

Our poinsettia will grow outdoors in the garden and flowers constantly over the winter, offering the monachs a tasty feed of nectar. Will grow to about 2.5 metres tall if not pruned. Popular with its red and green foliage - poinsettias come from Mexico and further south.

Lantana, ornamental yellow

Yellow Lantana

This is not the pest (weedy) species but loved by our pollinators.

Montanoa grandiflora – Mexican Tree Daisy

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Mexican tree daisy grows like crazy over the spring and summer and then flowers, brightening up the bleakest winter’s day. Bees, butterflies and moths love the flowers. Foliage has a delicious scent – some say chocolate chip cookies!

Rondeletia amoena – Mexican viburnum

Rondoletia

Rondeletia has clusters of pink, highly perfumed flowers from late winter through to summer. Butterflies love it!

Tagetes lemmonii – Mexican marigold bush

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This is a bushy evergreen shrub which will grow 1-2 metres tall/wide, although you can keep it more compact with pruning. Foliage has a strong fragrance of marigold/lemon/mint. Orange yellow flowers can bloom all year. Plant in full sun or part shade, well-drained soil. Drought tolerant in coastal gardens. Frost tender to a hard frost but rebounds quickly. Overall, hardy. Comes from southern Arizona and northern Mexico. Named after plant collectors John and Sara Lemmon, hence the name.

Telanthophora grandifolia – giant groundsel

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Got a big space? This plant can grow up to 3-4 metres tall. It has fragrant yellow flower clusters, looking a bit like a Senecio species. Flower clusters are bigger than dinner plates and so are the paddle-shaped, scalloped, deep green leaves – about 300-400 metres long! Comes from the cloud forests of Mexico. Seems to flower twice a year here in Auckland. Plant in soil rich in humus, fast-draining. Frost tender.

Tithonia diversifolia – Mexican tree marigold or Mexican sunflower - NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL LATER IN THE YEAR

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T. diversifolia is a fast-growing plant, great for midwinter nectar, used as a garden ornamental, a green manure in agro-forestry systems, hedging and as a fodder crop for livestock such as goats and cattle. Flowers early winter.

Vitex agnus-castus – Chaste plant

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V. agnus-castus is a native of the Mediterranean region. Butterflies love it, and parts of the plant are used as an herbal remedy to treat a variety of ailments. For instance, it is used to treat PMS, symptoms of menopause, infertility issues and other conditions affecting the female reproductive system. It’s been used in this way since ancient Greece. In Turkish medicine, it’s also used as a digestive, anti-fungal and anti-anxiety aid.

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