Get Cuttings From the Strongest Plants
Using cuttings from your strongest and healthiest plants for propagation is the best way to raise new ones of the same quality. Whether you’re especially proud of a rose bush in your yard or one of your fruit-bearing trees, do a bit of research on how to take quality cuttings from them. A plant grown from cuttings will always be the same as the mother plant while ones grown from seeds could differ in quality!
Choose the Cuttings Carefully
If you’re looking for cuttings that will take root faster, it’s best to choose green stems. Look for ones that have a bump or a node because this is where the new roots will grow from. Alternatively, if you don’t mind nurturing the plants through a slower rooting process but are concerned about them reacting badly to changes in greenhouse temperature, then choose cuttings that are semi-ripened and turning woody at the base.
Pot The Cuttings as Soon as Possible
Although the technique of allowing cuttings to root in water first before planting them in the soil is well-known and popular, it isn’t the safest bet and many cuttings don’t make it. There are many variants of potting soil and healthy additions that can be mixed in to help nourish the cuttings as they take root and become strong plants in their own right.
Maintain Soil Moisture During Root Development
While the cuttings are still without roots, they will require a lot of moisture to survive. Make sure that the soil for your rooting plants is always moist so that the roots can form as quickly and easily as possible. Other tricks to improve moisture retention are to cut the cuttings diagonally for optimal absorption and to use a plastic cover during the early stages.
Even with the best tools, techniques, and intentions, propagating a plant won’t always be completely successful. Some cuttings might not make it and that’s just part of the experience. The important thing is not to get disheartened, continue trying, and always continue expanding your knowledge from personal experience and reliable sources.