Chủ Nhật, 3 tháng 9, 2023

10 plants to propagate in September

 

Taking cuttings of plants in September is an excellent way to propagate and preserve your favorite varieties. Here's a guide on how to do it:

1. Select Suitable Plants: September is a good time to take cuttings from plants that are semi-ripe. These are plants with growth that is woody at the base and soft at the tip. Some suitable plants include fuchsia, hebe, lavender, penstemon, felicia, salvia, lemon verbena, verbena, and helichrysum.



2. Gather Your Materials: You'll need a few tools and materials, including a sharp pair of pruning shears or scissors, a clean propagation tray or pots, fresh compost or potting mix, rooting hormone (optional), and a plastic bag or propagator cover.



3. Take the Cuttings:

  • For fuchsia, hebe, lavender, and felicia, take cuttings that are about 4-6 inches long. Ensure each cutting has a few sets of leaves.
  • For penstemon, select non-flowering shoots and cut them to a length of about 4-6 inches.
  • For salvia, lemon verbena, verbena, and helichrysum, choose healthy non-flowering shoots and cut them to a similar length.


4. Prepare the Cuttings: Remove any leaves from the lower half of the cuttings. If you have rooting hormone, dip the cut end of each cutting into the hormone powder.



5. Pot Up the Cuttings: Fill your propagation tray or pots with fresh compost or potting mix. Insert the cuttings into the compost, leaving about half of the cutting above the surface. Space them out to avoid overcrowding.



6. Cover and Water: Place a plastic bag or propagator cover over the tray or pots to create a mini-greenhouse effect. Water the cuttings thoroughly.



7. Provide Ideal Conditions: Keep the cuttings in a bright, indirect light location. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can cause the cuttings to overheat. Maintain a consistent level of moisture in the compost, ensuring it doesn't dry out.



8. Monitor Rooting: After a few weeks, you should start to see roots forming on the cuttings. You can gently tug on the cuttings to check for resistance, which indicates root development.



9. Potting On: Once the cuttings have established roots, you can transplant them into larger pots or into the garden if conditions are suitable.



10. Overwintering: For tender plants like lemon verbena and helichrysum, consider overwintering them indoors on a warm windowsill to protect them from frost.



By following these steps, you can successfully take cuttings of your favorite plants and enjoy them in your garden for years to come.

 

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