GET PLANTS CHEAPER, PLANTLOVERS!
Undoubtedly, the type of plants one would enjoy growing in his garden are the most expensive ones. That’s why some plant lovers remain with some unsatisfied desires their entire lives. But here there’s a way to salve frustrations like these with little if any expensive sacrifices. Instead of visiting a gardening shop, pay a neighbour who has the plants you cry for a visit and offer a cleaning up service of the garden in exchange for tubes or bulbs you will plant in your own back yard.
The technique you need to use is called vegetative propagation. It consists in putting stem, leaf cutting or root into the ground and caring them until they start growing into new plants, like clones taken from the original plant. This way you can make the plants you stare at yours (in time).
This original technique requires lesser material and space. The plastic containers ordinary used to nurse plants aren’t necessary. Simply plant the fragments into your existing soil and than sprinkle them and deal with them like with every flower you would like to grow. Some plant growers possess an entire collection of enchanting specimens which originated from this type of cloning. They include beautiful, famed blossoms like the fuchsia-coloured geranium, the purple sweet violet, or the copper-like rose blooms of the Autumn-joy stonecrop.
Other methods commonly used in plant growing include grafting and layering. The first involves better skills and is wide spread in the case of roses and fruit tress. Layering involves ornamental flowers. Other plants, like the English ivy are best grown through cutting.
A professional gardener should know when it is best for each plant to be cut. The softer kinds like the impatiens are made to make cuttings inspired in spring and summer. Taking cuttings from the soft woods should be done in autumn. Cuttings are to be taken from shoots without flowers. You should make the cut 4 to 5 inches below a leaf and clear the selected portion of any leaves. Than, before putting it into the ground, you should treat it with a hormone powder that helps it develop faster. During the rooting process, cuttings should receive lots of water and no sunlight.
Plants like begonias are likely to grow from leaves or fragments of a leaf taken from the “mother-plant”. Others can regenerate after all kinds of techniques. The cottage pinks can be grown both through stem cuttings and division of clumps.
One other origin of future plants are the buds created by the roots of senior plants. As the roots reach a certain stage of development they give birth to bulbs and these can then be grown into the next generation of the same species. Of course, the gathering of so many bulbs by loving gardeners means fewer and fewer space for the new plants. That is why a mechanism called division has been invented. This technique is usually carried out in early spring or in autumn and is best done through sharing your bulbs with another gardener.
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