Caring for Your Plant Cuttings

Ed Wike
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How to Feed and Water Your Cuttings

Plant cuttings in water can be nourished and grown when you pay attention to a few basics. Once you get these figured out, it will be a breeze and the plants get a good start for more growth. Cuttings must be trimmed to a right size and the best rooting hormone and medium compound is used. Just follow these three steps so that your cuttings get to grow successfully.

After the cutting is taken, the first few needs of the cutting is to deal with the loss of leaves. There is an exposed wound when you trim a cutting, and the medium in which the cutting is planted needs to heal the wound and cover it up. The plant will do that so long as the soil is healthy and high-quality. A quality medium is very important as not only it helps the plant to cover the wound and prevent infection, but also carries important nutrients to the cutting.

How to Light Your Cuttings

Cuttings keep your plants healthy. The cuttings can be kept for as long as you wish and it is easy to take cuttings. The only thing that you need to do is to cut a branch of the mother plant. Normally, cuttings are just at the size of the branch you have just cut. You need some of the upper part of the plant and a part of the base of the plant. If you have pruned your plant, you will find it easier to take the branches.

Cuttings from hens and chicks will do best when you place them in the soil about one or two inches deep. When the roots are visible, you should then water and cover them with soil. Cuttings from the Begoniaceae family should not be buried to deeply under the soil or they will rot.

Your cuttings from the cucumber, African violet, and the heliconia plants should be placed in a potting soil that is very wet. It will help them develop roots that will be strong and sturdy. The Begoniaceae family should be planted in a peat moss. It will help them become more resistant to disease. It is also the best way to ensure that there is no rot.

Using Pesticides and Fungicides on Cuttings

Pesticides and fungicides can be used to prevent disease and fungus from killing your plant. However, these products can also harm the plants. You need to follow all directives on the label. Also, check for warnings carefully.

Check the product’s active ingredient and follow all age instructions. For instance, a product may be appropriate for the elderly. Just be sure to check that it is appropriate for them to use.

Take extra precaution when using them around children and pets.

If you are using chemicals around a pond, a swimming pool, or a home, be sure to read the label carefully. You may need to wear gloves and protective clothing while using them.