Propagation is the process used to create new plants, and there are several efficient ways of doing so. You can do this from your already existing plants, which can give you very rewarding results. Keep reading to learn about some of the best plant propagation tips.
The first and perhaps most common method of plant propagation is by cuttings. This involves using a sharp pair of scissors or small knife to cut a part of a plant and treating its roots so that it can become a new, established separate plant. Cuttings are typically taken from the stem or tuber of the plant, and you then place the tip in a special rooting solution. Next, you have to place your cuttings into a pot that contains a mixture of soil, sand and peat moss.
Division is another common means for propagating your plants. This entails the plant to be removed from the soil in clumps and separated by being pulled apart. You can do this with your bare hands, but always take care that you don't hurt the roots. Place the divisions into pots and store them indoors, or plant them in the garden if you perform this type of propagation during the spring.
Layering is a propagation method that is done to plants that tend to root easily when their stems are planted into the ground. Several varieties of evergreens are good for this type of propagation.
Finally, simple layering is a sub-method of the layering type of propagation that is performed by bending over the stems of plants into the ground. This enables them to establish themselves into new, separate plants and works well with such plants as raspberries. In some cases, a notch should be cut into the tip of the stem, with the branch bent and covered with soil. This method is best when done during the spring or summer.