Proctor: Pot cuttings for your spring garden

2:30 PM, Jan 5, 2014   |    comments
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KUSA - Gardeners need something to do on a cold winter day. If you took cuttings last fall, you've got that project.

In September, I showed how to take cuttings and root them in water in glass jars on the windowsill. Nothing could be simpler. Popular summer patio plants such as coleus, geraniums, bloodleaf, begonias, sweet potato vine and purple heart may be propagated in this manner.

Now that these cuttings have formed roots, it's almost as easy to pot them. Position the stem in the middle of a small plastic pot, fill it with fresh potting soil, firm the soil gently and water it.

Pinch out the growth tip at the top to encourage the young plant to ranch out and get bushy, rather than maintaining just one long, straight main stem. Keep the newly potted plants in the window or under lights. The soil should be moist but not soggy. Begin to fertilize lightly as winter ends. The new plants will be ready to use in patio containers or garden beds in May.

If you brought potted plants inside in fall but didn't take cuttings, it's not too late. This will help rejuvenate leggy plants and provide new ones. Strip off lower leaves of a six to eight inch cutting and place in water. Roots will form at the leaf joints below water. These cuttings be ready to pot up in as little as six weeks.

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