Why is it eco-friendly to propagate your own plants?
It is important to do cuttings, firstly because you are saving money. Also, propagating your own plants reduces global warming. This is because you are not using petrol by driving to the garden centre to buy plants and the lorries are not taking so many plants to the garden centre. In addition, it reduces the amount of plastic flower pots being made.
You will find that it is very satisfying to watch a plant develop that you have grown from a cutting, and taking cuttings is a great deal of fun!
1. Buy a pelargonium and wait for it to grow full size.
2. When it has grown you can start to look for the cuttings.
3. Do not take cuttings from a stem with a flower. If you look carefully you will see a ridge on the stem where a new leaf grows.
4. Nip off your cutting immediately below one of these ridges. Your cutting should be around 4 to 5cm long.
5. You might be lucky and have five cuttings from one plant.
6. Use a lollipop stick or similar tool to make holes around the edge of a flowerpot of damp compost.
7. Put each cutting into a separate hole.
8. Place the pot on a warm windowsill.
9. Keep the compost moist.
10.In a few weeks, your cutting should have formed into a new plant. Test by pulling gently to see if the plant has rooted.
11.As soon as the new plant is big enough, you can replant it into its own pot, or even outside in the garden in the summer.
12.When it is fully grown, you can start all over again!