Category Archives: Cuttings

Ten Simple Steps to Taking Cuttings

Taking Cuttings
Taking Cuttings

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 donĂ­t have a propagator, is to put the pot inside a polythene bag.

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How To Create New House and Garden Plants By Using Stem Cuttings And Rooting Hormone

A good gardening tip is that you can make more plants from your existing house and garden plants. This will cut out the expense of buying new house and garden plants. Look around for healthy plants to take the stem cuttings from to plant in a peat moss mixture using rooting hormone. This is what is called the mother plant. Make sure the mother plant has enough stems so the cutting will not kill the mother plant.

If you start your house and garden plants from stem cuttings instead of seeds it will take half the time to root. There a just a few things you will need : a mother plant, a flat for potting with a peat moss mixture, a sharp knife or razor blade, rooting hormone, containers for holding water and rooting hormone, alcohol, pencil or a stick, and a plastic bag.

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