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Plant the cuttings around the rim of a small pot. Four or five cuttings to a pot are fine. The cuttings don’t need much water, by the way. If the potted soil gets too moist, the cuttings will rot. Keep the pots with cuttings nice and warm in a propagator with a transparent lid. Keep your cuttings in there until they’re well rooted. After that, they get their own pots.

You’ve chosen to take cuttings from an existing plant. But how does that work? A cutting is usually a branch or a small plant growing beside the mother plant, still connect to it by roots.

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How do I take cuttings?

You can start your cultivation from seeds that you need to germinate, grow, transplant and prepare for planting. But for many plant species you can also grow from cuttings. You either make or buy cuttings. What are the advantages and drawbacks of growing from seeds and cuttings? And how do you take cuttings?

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The great spring gardening dilemma; should you start from seed or buy transplants for your vegetable, herb, and flower seedlings from a local nursery? Personally, I do both, growing hundreds of my own seedlings beneath my grow-lights, and also buying from a handful of favourite garden centres. There are benefits and drawbacks to starting your own seeds as well as buying pre-grown seedlings.

What are your spring gardening plans? Will you start from seed or buy transplants for your food and flower gardens?

3 reasons to buy transplants:

It’s important to note that some plants should be direct seeded in the garden and not started indoors or bought as transplants. This can be due to a variety of factors; maybe they’re so quick to grow that they don’t require a head start, or perhaps they don’t take well to being transplanted. Whatever the reason, be sure to read your seed packets or seed catalogues carefully for advice on starting your chosen vegetables and flowers. Plants that prefer to be direct seeded include root crops, annual poppies, nasturtiums, corn, beans, peas, and quick growing greens like spinach and arugula.

Reader Interactions

Good, timely post–thanks! Recently a friend got me started using soil blocks rather than cell trays for seed starting. I’ve had some unexpected successes, for example with beets and peas, which always before I direct-seeded outdoors. Earlier and more uniform production.