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Do you want to grow more plants? Would you like to know how to take cuttings from plants? There are many benefits to taking plant cuttings, including being able to save money on your garden.
Cuttings allow you to multiply the number of plants from one existing plant without needing complicated equipment or a lot of resources. You can also propagate tender plants like verbena and fuchsias using these methods which can be beneficial in colder climates where these types might not survive outdoors all year round.
Plants contain the most water (Turgid) in the morning, so it’s best to take a cutting then. It is best to take softwood cuttings from mid-spring to early summer, and hardwood cuttings a little later in the year from around mid-autumn right through to mid-winter is possible.
Generally, you will need:
Needed in addition, for softwood cuttings:
You should take hardwood cuttings in the autumn after the plants have dropped their leaves and are dormant. However, it is important to remember not to do so when there’s frost about because this could damage your plant material.
If taking just a few cuttings or if space does not permit use pots instead filled equally between multipurpose compost and grit in order to ensure good drainage.
You can take a cutting from many different plants if you know how to do it. For example, softwood cuttings are ideal for tender flowers like pelargoniums and petunias as well as deciduous shrubs such as Lavender, Rosemary, Fuchsias, Hydrangeas, Lavatera and Buddleja.
One can propagate deciduous shrubs, like Roses, climbers like Honeysuckle and Grapevines as well as fruit bushes such as Blackcurrants, Redcurrants, Gooseberries and Figs all through hardwood cuttings.
Yes, many succulent plants can be propagated from cuttings. However, it’s important to take the cuttings correctly and to provide the right conditions for rooting, such as well-draining soil and bright, indirect light.
While many plants can be propagated from cuttings, not all plants will root successfully. Some plants that can be propagated from cuttings include herbs, houseplants, and shrubs, while others such as trees and some perennials are more difficult to propagate from cuttings.
The number of leaves you should leave on a cutting depends on the size and type of cutting, as well as the plant species. In general, it’s a good idea to leave at least two to three leaves on the cutting to help it produce energy through photosynthesis. However, if the cutting is large or has many leaves, you may need to remove some to reduce water loss and promote rooting.
Once you master the technique of how to take cuttings from plants you will find it is typically more successful with fleshy-stemmed plants. Both outdoor garden plants and indoor houseplants can be propagated in this way. Some failures are common, so don’t let this discourage you.
Taking a plant cutting is an easy and enjoyable way to propagate new plants. If you’re unsure of how to take cuttings from your favourite plants, look at these simple steps above; it only takes a few minutes of your time.
We hope that this blog post has been helpful in providing more information about taking plant cuttings at home. Please feel free to share it on Facebook or other social media and with friends who are just getting into gardening or looking for great ideas on what to grow.
Have fun experimenting with different types of plants too-you may be surprised by how many can survive inside during winter months if given proper care!
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