propagating annuals and perennials - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by limiblank
August 25, 2008
I am trying to propagate some impatiens, ice plant, and petunias. I put them in a mixture of potting soil, peat moss and little perlite and put them on my front porch. How long do I leave them there? Do they have to come in when it starts getting cold? Do I leave them outside? Where do I put them, if they stay inside? thank you very much, linda

Answer from NGA
August 25, 2008
You didn't mention whether you took cuttings or are propagating from seeds and that would make a difference in how you take care of them and when they will be ready to go back into the ground. Aside from that, your ice plant is a perennial and can go into the ground as soon as it develops roots (usually 4-6 weeks). The petunias and impatiens are annuals and they will die when the weather turns cold. Neither one is suitable for growing indoors. They just won't perform well. Wish I had better news for you!

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