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And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Cuttings for next Spring

The makeshift mini green house provides humidity for about 36 cutting of various plants from the garden. The mini greenhouse is downstairs in our daylight basement, which stays at just the right temperature, and provides plenty of bright light for producing nice healthy plants.

There are, coleus, fuchsia, hibiscus, geraniums, a ground cover, lilac, forsythia, and a few others I can't remember right now.
When taking cuttings, I always dip the ends in rooting hormone before planting them. I seem to have a greater success rate of the cuttings taking using this method. Once the cuttings are growing and are starting to fill the pots, they are
then transplanted to the next larger size pot.

20 comments:

Darla said...

Well aren't you smart? This is a great way to have more plants ready come spring!

Bangchik and Kakdah said...

Having a makeshift greenhouse in the basement is such a smart idea.... ~bangchik

Rosey Pollen said...

Brilliant!!! I have only attempted coleus cuttings... you have a ton of variety here. What is your medium? Do you mix it yourself?
Thanx
Rosey

tina said...

Most smart. And it reminds me I need to get my cuttings soon!

Grace Peterson said...

Hi Jennifer~~ Bravo!! I love this, although I'm a little ashamed because my process isn't quite so sophisticated. Some of my greatest successes have been Agastache and Salvia. The newer cultivars can be pretty pricey which is ridiculous because they're so easy to propagate. And then there is my Lythrum--supposedly a real thug but a non-invasive beauty in my garden. It roots easily so I can have more clumps and more is better. LOL

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

I've been thinking about trying this... you've definitely inspired me to get moving on it. -Jackie

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I'm going to try and root some lantana. That is, if I can remember to get it before the first frost this year.

Urban Green said...

You have a makeshift green house?
Does it get adequate light?
great to see your preparedness. good luck!

keewee said...

Rosey Pollen, the mix I use is seed starter mix I just happen to have several bags of.

Urban Green, yes I have plenty of light to make the little cuttings happy.

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

What a great idea! Simple and great! Do you think a garage will be OK? We don't have a basement.

bettyl said...

I'm so jealous! I have never been good at growing things indoors. I probably water them too much.

joeltheurbangardener said...

Wow, you are very talented! Growing from cuttings sure isn't easy and it looks like all of your little babies are coming along just fine. Great job!

Heather said...

Hi Jennifer~ What a great idea! I may have to copy your idea for a mini greenhouse of my own. Thanks for sharing it.... it gave me some ideas. Hmmmmm.

keewee said...

Tatyana, you need plenty of bright light, no direct sunlight, to get cuttings growing.

Greensparrow said...

When I'm going small batches of cuttings, I like to use big gallon ziplock bags -- throw some moist media in the bottom, stick the cuttings in, and seal -- works great to keep humidity high while they are growing roots.

Sue said...

Cool! I hope they do well in there!

lynn'sgarden said...

Jennifer, you're thinking waaaay ahead of me...lol. Nice system on the mini greenhouse!

Mary Delle said...

I love your system. Lots more plants come spring!!

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