Are you uncertain about what to do in the garden, and confused with gardening jargon? Let Fran help you with easy to follow tips and advice. This article gives you a step-by-step plan to taking cuttings and increase the number of plants in your garden!
There are several different types of cuttings that you can take from plants - the most common are softwood, semi-ripe and hardwood. These refer to how woody and therefore how old the plant stem is.
Softwood cuttings are taken from the youngest part of the stem, and are the easiest and quickest to take root. This makes them ideal for anyone trying this for the first time.
Softwood cuttings are taken in May and June from the new growth of the plant. They root easily - between 4 and 8 weeks - but can wilt and die if they lose too much moisture, so they have to be kept warm and moist. And the best way to do this, if you don't have a propagator, is to put the pot inside a polythene bag.
Some experts recommend using hormone rooting powder to encourage rooting, others say it is not necessary. I have taken cuttings both using rooting powder and without using it and I have had successes and failures with both. So give it a try and see what happens.
The most suitable and easiest plants for taking cuttings include: fuchsias, pelargoniums, hebes, lupins, hydrangeas and chrysanthemums.
So here's how you do it:
And because softwood cuttings are so easy to root, it is also possible just to pop the cut stem into a glass of water, take off the bottom leaves, pinch out the growing tip, and within a couple of weeks you will see the roots starting to grow.
And that's all there is to it - your family and friends will be so impressed when you give them plants for free!
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