Cuttings

Cuttings

 

Flowers and plants that grow from a small cutting of another plant can be a fantastic addition to your garden. Your friends and family could save you a trip to the local nursery to buy plants, seedlings, or bulbs.  Check with them and ask if you may take some cuttings of their plants, at little cost or no to you.

You may think taking cuttings is hard, on the contrary, it is very easy.  Read below for a quick guide to taking a cutting, using our simple 5 step guide:

Step 1: Using a clean pair of secateurs or a sharp knife, cut off some stems just below a node (or leaf joint), to a length of about 10cm.

Early spring is the ideal time to take cuttings from a parent plant, such as a salvia. To increase the chance of rooting the plant, aim to take the cuttings early morning, when the salvia is full of water(turgid).

Step 2: Avoid damaging the cuttings by using by a leaf to handle them.

Step 3: You will need to prepare the compost by watering it generously before planting your carefully placed cuttings.

Step 4: Using a dibber (a pointed wooden stick) or a pencil, for making holes in the ground so that seeds, seedlings or small bulbs can be planted place the cuttings just beneath a leaf break, making sure you do not overcrowd the plant pot.

Step 5: Put the plant pot in a heated propagator.  If you need to cover it, try using a plastic bag. Place your potted cuttings in the light. Ensure to avoid direct sunlight.

Thank you for reading this blog. Taking a cutting, is a simple process that will expand your plant stock and save you money.  Have you decided what will you be planting this year?

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