This winter has been straight up brutal. With temperature dips and 100ft drifts, even the White Walkers have stayed in for cocoa and Netflix. But with Daylight Savings tossing some extra sunshine in our pockets this weekend, we’re about to shake off the funk.
Yep. All signs are shouting SPRING AHEAD! and lucky for us there’s some plant magic that can make the season bloom for years and years just like in faraway Westeros.
Cutting is a technique that’s been used for ages to asexually propagate plants. Long gone are the days where flowers and trees stay loyal to their ancient houses. Cutting helps plants strike out on their own and set roots where they will. Take heed of the following 7 steps and over time you’ll discover your plantlings are growing stronger than ever.
I. Pick your plants
From herbs like rosemary and lavender to flowers like roses or plumeria, the options are endless. But beware, not all of the plant heads you chop off will grow back.
II. Use sharp garden pruners to snip off shoots from the plant (Valyrian steel optional)
III. Strip a half to two thirds of leaves from the lower part of the cutting
IV. Treat the cutting
Treating helps the cutting grow roots. Place the cuttings in a weak mixture of water and liquid fertilizer for a period of 3-4 hours. After this, dip the cut end of the cutting in rooting hormone just before planting it.
V. Create the rooting medium
Start the cutting in soil or water. Poke a hole in the soil and insert cutting 1-2 inches deep depending on its length. If rooting in water, use diluted water/fertilizer mixture. Regardless of medium, keep the cutting out of direct sunlight.
VI. Water well when first planted
VII. Transplant the cuttings to their final growing spot once they’ve have taken root
To test for roots, give the cutting a very gentle tug. If you feel resistance, you’re golden.
Now all there's left to do is . . .
For more step-by-step instructions on plant propagation, click HERE.