Spring Plant Propagation

This spring I mentioned I’ve taken a lot of gardening classes offered at one of our local parks. Our county wide park system offers great programs year round and spring always happens to be when I sign up to learn a ton about gardening!

Recently, the last class I took was on propagating plants. When you propagate plants it can be from seeds, cuttings, or even leaves apparently! I learned how to best start seeds for all types of garden plants and vegetables, as well as how to propagate other types of plants.

When you propagate plants from cuttings, you typically cut a part of the plant off that is towards an upper end of it. Then you remove some leaves around the bottom where the buds for new growth are. This area is what you’ll put into the dirt and roots will start to form from them thus propagating a completely new cloned plant.

If you have a favorite plant that blooms just the way you like, this is a great way to propagate new plants and depending on the species it might start a new plant in just a few weeks.

With succulents you can propagate them from just laying a leaf from the plant on the ground. It’ll start sending out roots around the leaf and grow into another plant. If you’ve ever had succulents growing before, you’ll notice the plants will do this on their own and relatively quickly!

The major thing to be aware of with plant propagation is the right mixture of 1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 perlite. You can buy this premixed or buy bags of your own and mix accordingly to the best for each type of plant. The important part is using sterile soil which these provide since there won’t be any possibility from molds or other bacteria growth.

So far, I’ve started a propagation with rosemary and coleus from the class, the green plant above (already forgot what it was called!) and a cutting from my basil plant. Each seem to be happy and not wilting, so that’s a good sign after two weeks!

Also, in the above photo, you can see how she reuses strawberry containers to propagate new seedlings. I set this up at home and it works perfectly as a mini greenhouse with built-in drainage. We are growing sunflowers and Crab picked out pumpkin seeds. All seeds have propagated! So far, so good!

How about you, have you grown seeds at home or regrown plants from cuttings?

If you have a tomato you just love the taste of, if it’s heirloom, you can save those seeds and grow again next year, too!

2 thoughts on “Spring Plant Propagation

  1. I tried growing some herbs from seed for the first time this year. My self-contained seed starter box (a cooler with an LED bulb in it) made them too moist for a while, and stunted the growth, but they’re outside now and we’ll see how they do. I like the recycled produce containers. Never would have thought of that.

  2. It’s possible the cooler didn’t have drainage which could’ve made them too moist? Also, I found my own mistake and many others are watering too much. Once a horticulture teacher told me to think if it rains every day… and that made sense! Now I water only every two or four weeks for my house plants. Seeds need to be kept moist, but too wet and mold grows. Also, try a sterile soil mixture as other bacteria can show up in garden soil. I’m sure they’ll grow perky outdoors!

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