Thursday, 1 May 2014

Cuttings ...

Good Morning!
Today's post is all about a money saving way of creating your own plants for free! This is done simply by taking cuttings from your own plants. When doing this you want to make sure that you pick a healthy part that DOESN'T have a flowering bud on it as you want to make sure that all it's energy goes into producing some roots!

TIP - Take cuttings in the morning before it gets too hot so that it doesn't give the cutting chance to dry out. It is also when the plant is holding the most mositure. 

Today's particular cuttings are from some Fuschia plants!

Once you have chosen a part of the plant you are happy with cut with a clean pair of Secateurs directly beneath a leaf node.

Strip the plant of it's leaves apart from the ones at the top. As mentioned before we need to make sure each cutting keeps all the energy it can.

Push your cuttings down the edge of a plant pot that has been filled with a mixture of compost and vermiculite. You can dip the cutting into some rooting powder before placing in the pot however Fuschias usually do just as well without it.
Don't forget to label what they are as no matter how much you think you will remember what is what, you won't lol

I also took some cuttings of a Surfinia (a trailing basket plant).

So why not give it a go? What's the worse that can happen? If it fails it hasn't cost you anything and if it doesn't, you have some more plants!
If you take some cuttings right now they should be ready for the Summertime.

Thanks for stopping by,

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