Looking for something to do in the garden that's really rewarding during the lockdown? How about growing plants from cuttings! These can include..
· Miniature succulents
Not only is it a great way to save money, growing your own plant from scratch can be really rewarding! Cutting takes some understanding of the plant’s growth habit but can be super easy once you’ve got the know-how!
Depending on what you want to grow, cuttings may produce roots in a matter of weeks or it may take a number of months.
The best time of year to take cuttings is until the end of autumn so you still have time during lockdown.
The best way to root cuttings is as follows(from Tui):
· Use sharp secateurs to make a clean cut.
· Take cuttings at a node, that is where the leaf is on the stem of the plant, because this is where most of the plants natural hormones are concentrated.
· Depending upon the plant, make cuttings approx. 10-15cm long.
· Remove the leaves from the bottom half of the cutting.
· Reduce leaves to about three or four and reduce the leaf area by approximately half.
· Place cuttings in a cutting mix, pumice or perlite, anything that is free draining.
· Dipping cuttings into a rooting hormone before planting will improve success, particularly for semi hardwood and hardwood cuttings.
· Seed raising mix can be used, however it should have some pumice added to it as it may be too moisture retentive for some cuttings.
· Water the cuttings well, cover the pot that the cuttings are in with a plastic bag or place in a shady spot out of direct sunlight and wait.