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Taking Cuttings: Keep the Top Up

By gingin
March 31, 2014

When taking long cuttings that can be cut smaller, I use a marker to mark the top. The mark will not hurt the cutting.

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greene
Mar 30, 2014 6:26 PM CST
Great tip.
I sure wish I had read this sooner; could have marked a few of my 'mistakes'.
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Dutchlady1
Mar 31, 2014 6:34 AM CST
I do the same, but I mark the bottoms rather than the top. That way the marked section disappears into the soil....
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patrob
Mar 31, 2014 7:56 AM CST
Great idea!
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RickCorey
Mar 31, 2014 12:11 PM CST
I read a book about cuttings. The author always made a 90 degree cut at the top, and a 45 degree cut at the bottom - or was it the reverse?

I would never be able to remember, so I like your idea of an arrow.
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gingin
Mar 31, 2014 12:20 PM CST
Thanks for the Acorn s and Thumbs up s. Marking the cuttings has really helped me...especially when they go flying Whistling
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dave
Mar 31, 2014 2:42 PM CST

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RickCorey said:I read a book about cuttings. The author always made a 90 degree cut at the top, and a 45 degree cut at the bottom - or was it the reverse?


A 45 degree cut on the bottom will increase the surface area of the cut, helping some kinds of plants absorb more moisture through the cutting.
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blue23rose
Mar 31, 2014 4:34 PM CST
Wonderful tip!
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chalyse
Apr 3, 2014 5:28 PM CST
Awesome helpful - I invariably forget and rue ending up with dead sticks in potting soil. Now I know to make a 45 degree cut at the bottom and mark an end to signify planting direction! Sounds simple, but can't tell you how many time my fuchsia cuts never took ... *Blush*

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