Save on the ex­pense of buy­ing new plants by prop­a­gat­ing what is al­ready in your gar­den

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Although gar­den­ing can be costly there are lots of ways to save money and prop­a­gat­ing your plants is one of them.

Prop­a­gat­ing your plants just means di­vid­ing ex­ist­ing plants up or tak­ing cut­tings in or­der to cre­ate a new plant iden­ti­cal to the one you took the cut­ting from.

It’s quick and easy and gives you a whole new plant with­out ac­tu­ally buy­ing it from a shop.

Although there are lots of dif­fer­ent ways to prop­a­gate plants I’m go­ing to ex­plain a few sim­ple tech­niques to get you started.

Mint and basil are some of the eas­i­est plants to prop­a­gate from and are ideal if you want some ex­pe­ri­ence be­fore mov­ing on to trick­ier plants.

You can prop­a­gate these plants from late spring through to the first frost.

Sim­ply sin­gle out a healthy stem and snip just un­der­neath a pair of leaves.

Place the stem in a clear con­tainer with wa­ter and sit on a win­dowsill.

Af­ter a week you’ll start to no­tice roots emerg­ing from the bot­tom and once they get to a few cen­time­tres long you can plant them out into the gar­den or grow them in­side on a sunny win­dow ledge.

Another great plant to prop­a­gate from is Se­dums, a type of alpine that is widely avail­able in gar­den cen­tres.

They have fleshy leaves that come in a range of colours from blue to yel­low.

In or­der to prop­a­gate them you just pull of a stem about 4-6” long and plant half of the stem into the soil and keep wa­tered for a few weeks un­til es­tab­lished.

It re­ally is that easy and saves you buy­ing ad­di­tional plants.

Although coleus plants are seen as an­nu­als here in the UK as the frost of­ten kills them, you can take cut­tings be­fore this hap­pens and over­win­ter them in a glass of wa­ter in the house.

The cut­tings should be about 4-5” long so make sure to change the wa­ter reg­u­larly to pre­vent stag­na­tion.

Af­ter the frost has passed the fol­low­ing year you can re­plant the coleus back into the gar­den.

This process can be re­peated each year and is a much more cost ef­fec­tive way of grow­ing the plant.

I hope you have found this week’s ar­ti­cle help­ful. If you have any gar­den­ing ques­tions you want an­swered you can email me: jor­dan1­ and I’ll get back to you as soon as pos­si­ble.

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