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Sprout Techniques for easy plant propagation From seeds Tools & Materials: | Seeds 4-inch pots Soil Waterproof heating pad(optional) Fill pots to just below the rim with a light,porous seed-starting or potting mix. When the seedlings develop their second set of true leaves, transplant them to individual pots, such as 3- or 4-inch pots. Scatter seeds thinly over When the seeds germinate, move the pots into an area with Poke a hole in the new Keep seedlings in a bright area but away from direct sun until roots begin to grow container's potting mix. Carefully lift each seedling and its rootball, keeping your fingers under it for support. Water immediately, and then set the pots in bright light (but keep them out of direct sunlight for a few days). the surface. Check the seed packet for the recommended planting depth, and cover the seeds with the proper amount of mix. Moisten the soil lightly. bright light and temperatures between 60°F/16°C and Take care not to overwater seedlings; be sure to provide good air circulation and ventilation, so tops of seedlings stay dry and standing moisture is kept to a minimum. 75°F/24°C. Seeds of heat-loving summer crops need warm soil to germinate quickly and strongly. Thin waterproof heating mats placed under the containers keep the soil 15 to 20°F/8 to 11°C above room temperature. From a bulb Tools & Materials: | Healthy bulbs Large or medium pot Soil Shovel look for plump, firm bulbs that feel heavy for their size. Avoid soft or squashy bulbs; they may Bulbs need water during their season of active growth. For most kinds, this period begins soon after planting and continues until the foliage dies back. Water the bulbs after planting to help them settle in and close any air pockets. Through the fall and winter, you only need to worry about watering your bulbs if you're having a particularly dry season. Plant with the pointed side up. The pointed end is the stem. You may even be able to Plant bulbs to a depth of about three times their diameter. For Most flowering bulbs prefer full sun Daffodils, that's about 6 to 8 inches. Smaller bulbs can be planted to a depth of 3 to 4 inches and so on. A well-drained soil will prevent the bulbs from rotting in cool weather. see some shríveled roots on have some sort of rot. the flatter side. In areas without a freezing winter, you may need to purchase pre-chilled bulbs, but you won't have to plant your bulbs until early spring. From a cutting Plants & trees Tools & Materials: | Healthy mother plant Shears or knife Small pot Soil Trim the cutting of any Plant the cutting in your potting medium. Lightly tamp the mix around the stem of the cutting to provide support. The new plant is established with healthy root growth, transfer it to a new pot with fresh potting soil. Most cuttings prefer to avoid full sun while they root. Instead, opt for about 50 percent shade, or dappled light. Take the cutting with a sharp knife or snippers, making sure to include at least one growth node that will be under the soil (about an inch from the bottom of the cutting). When the roots are about leaves on the bottom node. 1/2 in. Iong, dig the cutting out carefully. Potting soil should be kept evenly moist but not drenched. Cuttings thrive on warmth and humidity Cacti & Succulents Tools & Materials: | Healthy mother plant Shears or knife Stakes Small pot Soil e Snip off a small to medium pad or arm at the base, leaving a couple inches of stem attached. Cut the bottom inch or two Choose your cactus. Any with thick, fat pads and spindly arms will grow from cuttings. Plant about 3-inches deep in a hole you've dug. Secure with stakes to prop upright if needed. Water daily for three days and then every other day for the rest of the week. Switch to weekly watering and watch ít grow. Keep succulent cutting in a bright area but away from direct sun until roots begin to grow off the cutting and set aside in a dry, protected place, out of direct sun, until the cut end dries and seals (three days to a week). Water only when the soil feels dry to the touch. Cacti & succulent plants store water in their leaves, so that they can survive while forming new roots, without supplemental water. Cactí & succulent cuttings prefer dry climates. Too much humidity can cause the plant to rot.


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Sprout is a how-to diagram of easy plant propagation for beginners including propagating using seeds and taking cuttings from an existing plant.


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