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Late winter cuttings - what next

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 19:50
I took some cuttings in September and a few have overwintered with minimal growth. I have been taking the tips out of the long growing shoots when they appear. Some cuttings look better than others! What now though. I split them from the cutting pots and put in individual modules in about January I think, I did this using spent compost. Do I now take them up, knock off excess compost and pot on. How do I get them moving and in my horsey terms 'kicking on'???? I have........ Looking good.... Coreopsis sunrise Geyser x3 varieties Scabiosa Looking sick but hanging on.... Dahlia Lobelia Platycodon (balloon flower) Fuschia Verbena rigida Never done cuttings before, I have only about 2-5 of each so sounds like lots but in total only 30 cuttings of which 15 look ok but not looking bushy or anywhere near as big ad the garden centre versions. Call me a dreamer but I really want to pick them up and top up my perennial collection and be able to give some healthy bushy plants away.

All you experts I need help - germination techniques

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 19:36
I just want my cuttings to change and kick on then I will be ok.

All you experts I need help - germination techniques

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 17:59
Punkdoc drop some my way!!! I put some in a pop bottle chopped in half abs planted in the spout end! The spout then with cotton wool in and hanging in the reservoir! Cover top with clingfilm, lets see if it works!!

All you experts I need help - germination techniques

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 17:19
Thanks verdun, bought it 3 years ago now, so decided thus is the year!!!!!! You know what they say if you want something doing...

which is best?

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 13:24
Sorry I think I was taking you too litterally! Ooops

which is best?

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 13:00
Just gravel??? Am I being daft??

All you experts I need help - germination techniques

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 12:17
My OH always left it to me but has recently had a gardening spurt!!!

I think I will get my plastic greenhouse up then see what I can move around!!

which is best?

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 11:50
Great plan, didn't think of that!! So just holes in lid? Fill through neck put lid back on and turn into plant pot??

All you experts I need help - germination techniques

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 00:25
I may try that but unfortunately don't have a perminant greenhouse or cold frame and struggle for space. Lets see if they come first before I start thinking about where to overwinter.

So would you advise sow and prick out or sow in modules and leave for as long as poss!

Any yes I can't sleep, thinking about when to water the lawn with a weed killer!!!!!

which is best?

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 23:41
Last year I did builders buckets with multi purpose abs tomato feed as soon as I got first fruits. That's what my mum said!!!

I don't like watering straight in to compost! Seems to wash soil off roots. I insert a plant pot or some such and water through that!

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