Most people are opting for growing new plants from cuttings, which increases stock in a shorter time. Due to the fact that cuttings are sturdier than seeds then tend to mature faster and bearing flower and fruit much sooner than seedlings would.
Propagating could also turn out to be much more cost effective than planting seeds because a single plant can give you a lot of cuttings without compromising the plants health. Which means you can get more out of one plant that seeds would. Another benefit of the plants grown from cuttings is that the plant that grows from cutting will be a clone of its parental plant. You will therefore always know what you are growing and this is generally why gardeners opt to use cuttings for their new plants.
With cuttings you are not restricted to one type of plant as you can exchange cuttings with gardening colleagues or gardening centers. In order for successful propagation, the cuttings should be extracted at the right time, particularly with plants that have different seasonal growth patterns. Some of the different types of cutting are: softwood; semi-ripe; hardwood; tip; basal; heel; etc.
Some of the best plants that successfully propagate from cuttings are:
• Sage – you should take 4 inches of semi-ripe cuttings during fall and pot the cuttings;
• Basil – can be cut any time throughout the year;
• African violets – cut off 2 -3 inches of leafy stalk; which should then be planted in a tray of moist compost; etc.
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