Starting Plants from Cuttings

One of the best way to get new plants for your home and garden is by taking cuttings from an existing plant. There are several techniques to ensure success. This is a guide for starting plants from cuttings.
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November 21, 2016 Flag
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Many people here on the islands love the flowers and trees I grow in my garden. However, each time I give them a cutting they can start growing in their garden they seem to die. Therefore, I want to share with you a simple way to root cuttings from different flowers or trees that you can plant in your garden.

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Material Needed:

  • recycled floral sponge foam
  • recycled food trays
  • old kitchen knife
  • cuttings from different flowers and plants
  • recycled cutting board

Directions:

  1. Clean your old food trays or microwaveable trays with soap and water.
  2. Recover all the floral sponge foam from your different floral arrangements.
  3. On your cutting board sit the food tray and a block of floral sponge foam.
  4. Measure the foam to fit inside the recycled food tray.
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  6. Use an old kitchen knife to cut the foam down the middle first and then around the sides. The foam needs to sit tightly in the bottom of the recycled food tray.
  7. Cut the foam into 6 to 8 evenly sized pieces.
  8. Remove the leaves from the bottom of your cutting and gently push the branch into the foam in your recycled tray.
  9. Fill the bottom of the tray with water and set the tray in an area that doesn't receive too much sun.

Within one to two weeks, you will start to see the root growing from the bottom of the branches. Make sure you keep the foam wet at all times. Each day I fill the bottom of my trays half way full with water. This keeps the foam wet and allows the branches to grow roots. After the roots have grown through the foam it is time to plant your cuttings.

Remove the branch from the tray, foam and all. Place dirt in the bottom of your pot and sit the foam in the middle of the dirt. Finish filling the pot with dirt.

For the first two to three weeks allow the newly potted cutting to receive moderate sunlight. After you see new leaves growing on your branch you can move the flower pot to another area in your garden.

November 28, 20160 found this helpful

Thank you for the English name for the foam. I wasn't sure of the exact translation. Anyhow, this is the easiest and fastest way to root plant cutting.

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November 28, 20160 found this helpful

June 6, 2016 Flag

June is the best month for rooting most plants. Now, as to the purpose of this post. It's not a tip nor a bragging post. It is to offer a word of encouragement. To those of you who would say 'I don't have a green thumb, I can't root anything', my reply is, 'Nonsense'!

June Is Plant Rooting Month

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March 24, 2016 Flag
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Photo Description
My friend asked me for clippings from my garden and this is what she is getting. These succulents sit in a wooden box and floral foam oasis. The handle is foxtail fern and the succulents include aeoniums, kiwi, burro's tail, campfire, and many filler plants from my garden. I say spring is here!

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Montebello, Southern California

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March 31, 20160 found this helpful

Oh my goodness! I want to come clip from your garden!

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October 12, 2012 Flag
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I made this simple propagator today to hold some sage cuttings that I took from my garden. Cut a plastic bottle in half, place the plant and pot in the bottom half of the bottle, and use the top to cover the cutting.

Bottle Propagator

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December 6, 2010 Flag
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I have had good success in growing many things from cuttings, like hibiscus and frangipani (plumeria), by dipping the stem in honey and putting the cutting into sandy potting mix mixed 50/50.

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December 3, 2009 Flag

Free plants! All these plants came from one original plant! Bromeliads are great for this because they naturally produce "pups" and you just break them off at the base and put the new pup in potting soil and you have a new plant!

Growing houseplants from cuttings.

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January 14, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about rooting plants in water. Rooting your new plant cutting in water is a very effective method. Depending on your choice of container it can also be interesting to watch the roots develop.

spider plant in flask

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May 16, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about rooting impatiens cuttings. One way to save money on garden plants is to divide up your plant purchase by preparing cutting from the main plant.

Rooting Impatients Cuttings

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April 4, 2006 Flag
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It's easy to grow shrubs and many other plants by simply planting a branch. Cut off a branch and bury it in decent soil leaving only 6-8 inches out of the ground. It may be small, but it will grow.

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May 16, 2012 Flag
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Starting roots on fresh flowers so they can be planted and come back every year. The gift that keeps on giving.

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January 28, 2008 Flag

There are many plants that let you take cutting to start new plants. Why not start some in "give-a-way pots". I have several transplants waiting for the right person.

Grow Cuttings To Give Away

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October 22, 2015 Flag
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I am moving in November from Rhode Island to Cape Cod, Massachusetts and need to bring a small root of my dad's lilac tree, my mom's peonies bulbs, and small roots of forsythias. Can someone tell me how to preserve these over the winter to be able to plant them at my new home in the spring please?

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October 27, 20150 found this helpful

Store them in damp peat moss in a very cool place and they should be fine.They are all quite tough. Remember to make sure you have at least 5 eyes on your peony or it will take a long time to bloom. Keep the most you can.

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August 29, 2007 Flag
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If you're wanting to landscape your property, but not wanting to spend a lot of money doing so, alert your family, friends, fellow church members, co-workers, etc.

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August 30, 2011 Flag
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Many plants, including those considered annuals in your area, can be over-wintered indoors and used as starts in your spring garden, whether it be in the ground or in containers, or both.

A patch of brightly colored coleus.

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April 28, 2010 Flag
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The kids old sandbox makes a great place to grow cuttings for starting new plants! Be sure to shade the new cuttings from the sun and water frequently until you see new growth. These little plants you are growing will sell for $5.00 each at your next garage sale!

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March 13, 2010 Flag
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I would like advice for starting new plants from clippings of the plants I have.

Hardiness Zone: 9a

By Kevin

March 19, 20100 found this helpful

I use rooting hormone if I remember. I have 2 old aquariums in

which I put about 1/2 " of vermiculite. I use potting soil or perlite in pots or six packs, I have very good luck with this method. I put glass on top of the aquariums, leaving it open at one corner for ventilation. I live in Phoenix so this doesn't work when it gets hot unless I move them inside. I have a lot of fun with this. I also start seeds this way though in this climate, it is usually easier to just plant them in the ground unless they take a long time to germinate.

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