Use a Nail as an Aid in Propagating: I'll bet that works well.

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Use a Nail as an Aid in Propagating

By rebeccag
February 18, 2012

A nail with a large head works really well for doing small cuttings or planting small seedlings. You use the pointed end to make a hole to insert the cutting and then use the flat head to smooth the soil around the cutting.

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Name: Karen
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kqcrna
Feb 18, 2012 5:21 AM CST
I generally use disposable wooden chopsticks that come with Chinese carryout. They work well too. And so do pencils.

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ge1836
Feb 18, 2012 6:16 AM CST
That is a clever idea.
I generally use any pointie thing thats handy like the tip of the scissors I cut with.
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KyWoods
Feb 18, 2012 8:34 AM CST
Good tip, Rebecca! I have a long nail in the basement that comes to mind that would be perfect.
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mcash70
Feb 18, 2012 10:45 AM CST
I transplanted a few seedlings while photographing Rebecca's tip, and I thought the nail worked quite well. Thumbs up
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quietyard
Feb 18, 2012 3:34 PM CST
Good tip ! I will use this. Smiling
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oldherbacious
Feb 20, 2012 1:09 PM CST
I use whatever is handy. Twigs from trees, pencils are my finger.
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GardnerGal
Apr 20, 2012 6:06 PM CST
I use craft sticks which can be inserted for shallow or deep cuttings; and also use them for planting small seeds in the pots, just press down into the soil, drop the seed and cover using the stick. A Sharpie ultra-fine tip pen I also use to make markers with the sticks.

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