Greenhouse Project: Propagating Cuttings
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Text on screen: greenhouse project
Visual: Close-up of plant in pot
Text on screen: Propagating from a cutting
Visual: Plants in pots on wooden workbench
Text on screen: Propagating from a cutting is a great way to adding more plants to your home
Text on screen: It involves taking a part of an established plant to grow an entirely new plant!
Visual: Plants in glass pots
Text on screen: Taking cuttings from your own or a friend’s plant is cost free!
Text on screen: Swapping cuttings with each other can be a great social activity!
Text on screen: They also make lovely gifts once potted!
Visual: Close-up of plant in glass pot
Text on screen: There are many different methods of propagation
Visual: Camera panning across many plants in glass pots
Text on screen: Based on the individual plant needs, personal preference and availability of materials
Text on screen: Although the most valuable way of learning what works for you is experimentation
Visual: Plant in pot
Text on screen: There are some basic rules and steps that will get you started and help ensure success!
Visual: Plants in glass jars and pots
Text on screen: During the Greenhouse project we propagated a large variety of plants in water
Visual: Mint plant in pot on wooden workbench
Text on screen: To propagate Mint and other herbs
Visual: Hand with scissors cuts a section of mint
Text on screen: Choose the healthiest part of your plant and cut approximately 10cm just below a node. A node is the part on the stem that the leaves grow from, it is where the most growth hormones are located
Visual: Hand removes leaves from the cutting
Text on screen: Remove the lower leaves, there only needs to be 5-6 on your cutting
Visual: Cutting placed in glass jar with water
Text on screen: Place the cutting so that the stem is submerged in water
Text on screen: Keep out of direct sunlight
Visual: Close-up of cutting in jar of water
Text on screen: This basic method of taking a cutting and rooting in water can be applied to many plants
Visual: Pants in glass jars
Text on screen: Devil’s Ivy
Visual: Cuttings of Devil’s Ivy lying on wooden workbench
Text on screen: Take a tendril and cut above and below the node
Visual: Plant in glass jar
Text on screen: Succulents
Text on screen: Again, cut the stem below a node and remove the bottom leaves, or take a leaf, make sure the cut is as close to the stem as possible
Text on screen: You could even take a part of the stem too
Text on screen: It is important to let a succulent cutting sit in the air for 1-3 days. If you don’t let it scab over, it will absorb too much water and drown
Visual: Close-up of plant
Text on screen: Some plants can be propagated from ‘pups’. These are small offshoots of the mother plant
Visual: Hand pointing at offshoots of plant
Text on screen: Pilea are propagated from ‘pups’
Visual: Person cutting offshoot from larger plant
Text on screen: Wait until the offshoot is 8-10 centimetres long
Visual: Offshoots on wooden workbench
Text on screen: Take cuttings with a clean pair of shears. Place in water and keep out of direct sunlight
Visual: Hand placing cutting in jar of water
Text on screen: We place cuttings in water in order for them to root
Visual: Cuttings in pots on wooden workbench
Text on screen: Placing cuttings directly into soil may work for some species
Text on screen: But is often unsuccessful as the soil shocks the plant and prevents new roots from growing
Text on screen: Cuttings also need a constantly moist environment and this can be hard to achieve in soil
Visual: Cuttings sitting in glass jars
Text on screen: However, if you choose to propagate in water you get to watch as your cutting grows its roots which is fascinating
Visual: Cutting with roots growing from bottom
Text on screen: Water should be changed every 2-4 days to prevent it from becoming stagnant as roots need oxygen!
Visual: Plants in pots
Text on screen: Happy experimenting! Stay tuned to fin out what to do once your cutting has grown roots!
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