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propagating perennials: Gaultheria-Wintergreen, Partridge Berry
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Friday, July 25, 2008

Gaultheria-Wintergreen, Partridge Berry

Propagating Wintergreen is similar to Perwinkle, which is propagated when the branches send out runners that root at the plant node, so collecting 5-6 stems and then planting in a rooting medium of sandy loam and manure for at least 6 months before setting them in the garden bed. Wintergreen prefers a cool moist sandy soil, much like the forests it is native to with partial shade exposure. It’s height is only 6" and its flowers are white in June and July followed by red berries and the whole plant is used in producing wintergreen flavoring in the autumn. Deer generally dislike Wintergreen.

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