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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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!
I've also had huge success with Jade plants by clipping off a piece and putting it in potting soil. I do this regularly, and I've found they come in very handy as gifts for house warming presents or get well soon gifts or any occasion. This is the ultimate in thrifty fun! You can get clippings from neighbors' plants and do trades, too. Most people are happy to share, just ask and then offer some from your own garden/yard.
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. Remove the bottle top occasionally to remove the condensation which helps the cuttings to avoid damping off.
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. If the weather is cold to cool, a plastic bag over the pot gives a hothouse style of growing.
Hydrangeas grow easily from cuttings too. Make sure there is a least 3 eyes (leaf nodes). The bottom one should be placed in the soil (I use potting mix) and this is where the roots will grow from, Also cutting off any large leaves is important so all of the plants energy can go to making roots.
Source: This was information from my mother who was an avid gardener
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!
Source: E How - fixitguy1971 article (me) Dated 4/25/09
An easy way to root angel trumpets, confederate rose, and rose of Sharon is to cut a branch off and put it in water halfway up the stem until it has roots. Put it in the ground and keep watered for a couple of weeks. They return every year.
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Here are questions related to Starting Plants from Cuttings.
A neighbour has given me 2 evergreen holly cuttings from her shrub which is growing beautifully. We believe that you must have a male and female to ensure the plant gets holly berries. Is this true and if so, how can I tell if I have both?
Also any tips on rooting these cuttings would be appreciated.
It is true and sadly, there is no way to tell which you have. All you can do is wait and see if you get berries. If both cuttings are from the same shrub, they'll both be male or female depending on the parent.