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72. Starting Plant Cuttings
I have been experimenting with many of my plants taking cuttings, trying to get new plants to grow so that can cut back even more on the amount of money that I am spending on seeds and plants for my gardens. Cuttings from plants are actually very easy to use and don’t cost me anything besides a little time in actually choosing what plants I want more of. When you are pruning and grooming many of your plants, you can simply use these cuttings to grow new plants.
Taking a cutting from plants is easy using a sharp pair of scissors or a very sharp knife. Water your plants in the morning as usual and then three to four hours later is the optimal time to take cuttings from a plant when the water has been absorbed up through the stems of the plant. You want to make sure your scissors are sharp because stems that you cut that are bent or damaged may rot before they root. With a nice clean cut you will have a better chance of this cutting growing roots.
For the majority of plants you will take a cutting right above a node, a knub or where a leaf is attached to the stem. If there are any flowers on this cutting simply pinch or cut them off because the flower will require additional nutrients and energy from the cutting to continue blooming. Conserving energy for cuttings will be important in being successful in rooting cuttings.
Certain plant cuttings will grow roots quickly when they are placed in a glass of water with a little sunlight. Leaving this plant in the water for six to eight weeks you will notice roots start to form and then you can move it to a pot of dirt when you are ready.
Many cuttings are easy to use, taking a small container, adding some loose soil and making a little hole with a pencil or pen you can simply insert the cutting and you are done. One little tip here about the loose soil, adding sand, vermiculite, or perlite to keep the soil loose will pamper this new plant. Keeping the plant moist for the first two weeks will be important, and you can also do this by covering the plant with a plastic bag to keep the moisture and humidity levels for this plant high.
Using cuttings can greatly expand the amount of flowers you raise in the greenhouse, and the number of flowers that you have on display in your gardens with out additional costs.
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