Giving | Taking Cuttings
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- If taking cuttings try to find healthy stems with new growth at the ends.
- Rooting hormone powder is your friend. Remove the lowest set of cut leaves nearest to where the stem is cut and dip in the powder. Of you can water your cuttings once they've been stuck in the soul with the willow bark tea.
- When putting cuttings in a small pot of soil, arrange the cuttings along the inside of the pots wall instead of planting them in the center. The heat and wall itself encourages the roots to grow stronger.
- If you're growing a pup (mini plants that grow next to the large mother) or certain cacti cuttings, let the end dry out a few days before planting in soil.
- For roses, I've had the most success using some rooting hormone and sticking them directly in the ground where the full bush should grow. Then I cut the bottom off a plastic soda container with the cap removed and put it over the cutting. By the next summer a full bush was in bloom.
- Similar to the above, for small cuttings in pots, they can be placed on a cake stand under the dome. You can also use close pins or chop sticks to hold a plastic sandwich bag in place over the plant creating a mini green house. After a week or two this can be removed.