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How to take cuttings from a Cola Plant (Artemesia abrotanum 'Cola Plant')

Have you ever dreamed of a garden that not only delights the eyes but tantalizes the senses with its unique fragrances and flavors?

Meet the Cola Plant. This is a special cultivar of the more common Southernwood (Artemesia abrotanum), can make that dream a fizzy drink reality.

This attractive ornamental shrub with its silvery-green foliage and aromatic, cola-like scent is a true gem in any flower or herb garden.

In this guide, we'll take you through the simple steps of propagating Cola Plant from cuttings, so you can enjoy this delightful herb in your own green space.

Meet the Cola Plant

The Cola Plant, scientifically known as Artemesia abrotanum 'Cola Plant,' is a cultivar that stands out from its more common relative, Southernwood. It's not just about looks; this plant offers a sensory experience like no other.

Here's a quick overview:

  • Appearance: Cola Plant is a bushy, ornamental shrub with elegantly silver-green foliage. Later in the summer and into autumn, it graces your garden with petite yellow flowers... although ours hasn't flowered ever.

  • Fragrance: Unlike the lemony-camphor scent of regular Southernwood, Cola Plant lives up to its name with shoots that exude the delightful aroma of cola. Just a touch can transport you to a world of refreshing soda-pop fizz.

  • Culinary Magic: Cola Plant isn't just for show. Its young shoots are a secret weapon in the kitchen. They can be used fresh or dried to add a burst of flavor to sauces, salads, cakes, desserts, roast meats, herb teas, and chilled drinks.

Propagation: How to take Cola Plant cuttings

Now, let's dive into the exciting part — propagating your very own Cola Plant from cuttings and getting even more of soda-smelling herbs in your garden.

1. Choose Your Timing: The best time to take cuttings is in late spring or early summer when the plant is actively growing. As long as you have young, healthy shoots, you're fine.

2. Gather Your Supplies:

  • Sharp, clean pruning shears or scissors

  • Small pots or containers

  • A good quality potting mix

3. Select Your Cuttings: Take 4 to 6-inch cuttings (10-15 cm) from the tips of the young shoots. Make sure each cutting has several sets of leaves.

4. Prepare the Cuttings:

  • Remove the lower leaves, leaving only the topmost leaves.

5. Plant Your Cuttings:

  • Fill your pots with potting mix.

  • Make small holes in the mix using a pencil or a stick.

  • Insert the cuttings into the holes, leaving the top leaves above the soil.

6. Provide Ideal Conditions:

  • Place the pots in a warm, well-lit area but avoid direct sunlight.

  • Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged.

7. Monitor and Care:

  • In a few weeks, you should notice new growth, which indicates successful rooting.

  • Once the cuttings have established roots and are several inches tall, you can transplant them into your garden or larger pots.

8. Enjoy Your Cola Plant: As your Cola Plants grow, you'll be rewarded with their captivating scent and the opportunity to explore their culinary potential.

A refreshing, culinary adventure awaits

Cola Plant is a new addition to our garden, and we're eager to explore its culinary possibilities.

We invite you to join us on this adventure. Try out different recipes and uses for this unique herb, and if you discover any delightful concoctions, don't hesitate to share them with us.

Gardening is not just about nurturing plants; it's about cultivating experiences, flavors, and memories. With Cola Plant in your garden, you're on your way to creating something truly special. Happy propagating... and cooking!


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