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How To Plant Your New Cuttings

How To Plant Your New Cuttings

It is always an exciting day when you receive your cuttings in the mail! You can fit three to five cuttings into a four inch pot. The more you put in, the fuller your plant will be. First, fill a pot with potting soil. Then use a pencil to make holes in the soil for the cuttings. If the cutting has nodes, make a partial slice down the middle of the node with a sanitized razor blade. Next, dip the bottom of the cuttings in rooting powder and tap off any excess. Place your cuttings in the holes and then gently pinch the soil around the cuttings so they are nice and snug. Lastly, give them enough water so that it drains out the bottom of the pot and discard any excess water. You will want to keep the soil moist, but not soggy until your new cuttings develop roots.  Once they have roots, water according to that plant’s needs.

If you want to take your own cuttings and plant them, here are a few tips:

  • Always use a set of sharp, sanitized shears. This way you get a nice clean cut so you are not passing on any diseases that might be left on the shears from the last plant you cut. 
  • It is best to cut from new growth, so the plant will have a better chance of rooting. 
  • Each cutting should be four to six inches long and have at least two leaves and a node. Make your cut just below the node.  
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