The Method Of Cutting Below Leaf Level - Knowledgebase Question

Evanston, Il
Question by franconeri20
October 11, 2010
What does it mean to cut below leaf level when deadheading a flowering plant?


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Answer from NGA
October 11, 2010

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You generally cut just above a set of leaves when you deadhead and you cut just below a set of leaves if you're making tip cuttings to propagate a plant. The leaves are points of new growth for a plant. Cutting just above the leaves will redirect the plant's energy into producing a new stem where the leaf node is located. In the case of cuttings for propagation, the leaf node will be buried in the soil and roots will form instead of a new stem. Hope this makes sense to you!

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