Propagation forum: annuals and vegetables

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Mar 23, 2013 9:28 PM CST
Hi, All,
I've noticed that there's lots of propagation going on, but it seems some subjects have been overlooked.....
I do have the propagation obsession, so I've tried marigolds, petunias, tomatoes, peppers, cabbages, brocolli, lettuce, onion bottoms, etc. etc. all with great success. There seem to be very few subjects that are difficult to propagate.
I buy one special color of annual, then propagate 10's for setting out in the garden. It doesn't take long, and sure is a LOT less expensive...
I use the white storage containers you buy at WM with the holes all around the sides, and drill about a dozen holes in the bottom for drainage. Then I fill them with #4 perlite. I find that shorter cuttings usually do better than longer ones, usually mine are no longer than 4". I dump some rooting horomone into its container lid, and stick the end of the cutting into it, and then immediatley stick it into the perlite. Water well, and cover w/plastic wrap if the weather is dry. Keep in the shade until rooted. Water from the top every day, at least once, more if it's not humid. Some subjects root within a few days. I find that I can put them out in the garden as soon as they have pretty good roots, as long as I keep them well watered, and shaded for a few days if the sun is brutal. For shade I use a few sheets of newspaper that I water from the top to keep them from blowing away.
It's truly amazing what will root easily!
So, don't be afraid to try everything! Have fun!
Name: Arlene
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Mar 23, 2013 10:03 PM CST
Sounds like a good way for you, Freddy. I'll try to propagate anything too! Don't always have luck, but I keep trying!
Name: Karen
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Sep 3, 2013 7:03 PM CST
I start some annuals and perennials from seed. Some of them I wintersow, some I start inside under lights.

Some annuals I can buy so cheaply that it's not worth my effort to grow from seed or cuttings. e.g. I bought a 6 pack of little vinca in cells for $1.89, they grew big and beautiful. Same for wax begonias. I bought 3 6 packs of those at $1.89 each.

Name: Tiffany
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Sep 4, 2013 10:57 AM CST
I've never bought perlite, but love your enthusiasm and encouraging words. Well done!
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Name: Caroline Scott
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Jan 20, 2015 12:45 PM CST
This thread needs to be bumped up as a very good idea for plants which have expensive seeds.
New varieties of petunias are very expensive seeds.
So---- start a few seeds, and then take cuttings to make more plants.
It is not as expensive as raising larger quantities from seeds.
[Last edited by CarolineScott - Jan 20, 2015 12:47 PM (+)]
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