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Get Free Plants by Taking Cuttings and Saving Seeds

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Get free plants! Cuttings may be grown from almost any plant if they are taken at the correct time of year. Hydrangeas start to shoot in the early spring and are one of the easiest plants to propagate. Prune from just above a bud and simply stick your prunings into damp ground or pots and they’ll soon be as big as the parent plant. The hibiscus is also easy to propagate in this way. Place cuttings into a pot filled with soil or potting mix, encase in a plastic bag and the cuttings usually grow roots with no trouble.

Some people like to dip the end of their cutting in a rooting hormone first, but they can often be grown without this added expense. Fuchsia cuttings can also be taken in spring, but will do even better in the autumn. Sometimes the best time to take a cutting is at bud swell. This is usually early spring when you can see the buds starting to swell on the branch, but before any greenery or flowers show. Deciduous hibiscuses respond very well to this type of cutting. Some fruit trees can be propagated in this way also.

The main thing to remember when growing cuttings is to keep them damp and in semi-shade for the first few weeks. It’s easy to make a mini-greenhouse to help your cuttings grow strong roots and aid in seed germination. See the link for mini-greenhouse. Softwood tip cuttings can be taken while the plant is growing well and the easiest way to help roots develop is to make a mini greenhouse.

Get Free Plants by Taking Cuttings and Saving Seeds

Many daisy varieties will grow roots along the stalk of a branch that rests on the ground. Carefully pull a branch down to ground level and anchor it there with a brick for a few weeks. When the roots have formed, cut the branch off the main bush. Leave it in place for a while longer to allow the roots to gain strength, then lift it out gently and relocate your cutting in its new home. Plants like violas, pansies and cosmos seed freely and can come up year after year. In these days of hybrids, the seed plant does not always remain true to the parent, but that does not matter. Even though it reverts to the original plant, it is still very attractive and in some cases, hardier than the hybrid was.

Some hybrid pansies and violas have such huge and heavy flowers that the sheer weight bows them to the ground so that only the backs of the flowers are visible. This spoils the look of them completely. Heartsease, or Johnny-jump-ups from which they originated, flower earlier and lift their smiling faces upwards no matter whether the day brings wind or rain. Collecting seed from vegetables and flowers can be an interesting hobby. Pieces of old pantyhose or stockings can be tied carefully over the seedpods as they ripen.

Then the seed will simply fall into these collection bags and be safe. If you prefer to collect and save seed, be sure it is completely ripe and dry before storing, otherwise the seeds will simply go mouldy and become useless. Label and date each packet of seed before you put it away in a cool, dark place. So, if you want some extra plants for the garden at no extra cost, let your flowers go to seed and have a go at growing cuttings. It’s really easy.