Indeed, you’ll love seeing your plants growing and propagating. The view of a lush, healthy garden is beyond satisfying. It gives a sense of meaning to the effort and time you’ve given to cultivating the soil and your plants. Most of all, it’s an amazing feeling to start harvesting them and serving them on your table. For sure, every gardener wants to learn the various ways on how to propagate plants. Read on to find out more.
Top Ways to Propagate Plants
Seeds are the natural way how flowering plants reproduce themselves. It is also one of the easiest techniques to grow vegetables, ornamentals, and even trees. The most common plants propagated by seeds include beans, pumpkins, peas, radishes, cucumber, zinnias, sunflowers, and cosmos.
Grafting is considered a more advanced technique of propagation. It is done by splicing a stem of a plant onto the root system of another plant. The process will make the tissues of the plants fuse or combine. This will allow the stem to get water and nutrients absorbed by the roots. Commonly-grown plants through grafting include citrus, apple, birches, cherries, pears, and peaches.
Another method available to propagate plants is through cutting. How is it done? You just need to get some cuttings from healthy stems. Make sure the stem does not have flower buds on them. Cut a 45-degree angle so that the possible rooting surface is maximized. One best example of cutting propagation is the rose. There is also cutting through the leaves which is done with cacti and succulents. Image by Annie Spratt from Pixabay
Budding is actually a form of grafting. However, instead of using a stem, one bud is taken from a plant and then grafted into the rootstock of another plant. Usually, a T-shaped cut is made in the rootstock as well the bud, and then it is attached to a tiny rectangle of stem inserted inside. The bud is required to be taped up to support the graft.
Propagating plants through division involves the process of separating a whole plant into several smaller pieces. These pieces will then grow as new, independent plants. This method works best with mature plants to ensure healthy, successful growth. The common examples for this method are bamboo and ferns.
Every propagation method requires proper caring procedures to make each of them successful. It is crucial to make yourself aware of those caring tips to ensure that you’re going to have an amazing gardening experience.
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