Thanks to cuttings, it is possible to vegetate your garden, terrace or balcony without buying new plants in the garden center since it is enough to use what you already have. This is a solution that many gardeners resort to because it allows them to always have more plants without spending a dime. Cuttings are indeed an extremely simple method to create new plants identical to the mother plant. Here is a selection of 10 splendid plants, ultra easy to cut, to sublimate its natural setting for free even if you do not have a great experience in gardening.
1 – Cutting Pelargonium and Geranium
Often confused, they present different characteristics but are part of the family of Geraniaceae. Whether you want to cut a Pelargonium or even a Geranium, never mind, it’s as simple for one as for the other. There are many varieties, available in various shapes and colors and the foliage also varies. This therefore makes it possible to take advantage of profusion of flowers from May until frost.
These plants also do well in full ground that in pots and planters, and do not hesitate to cut hanging varieties such as Ivy Geranium (Pelargonium X hederaefolium), the most beautiful effect in suspensions.
The principle of Pelargonium or Geranium cuttings consists of taking in summer some healthy and very green stems which have never flowered before. We must then cut each stem under a node and remove the leaves that develop on the node that we keep. The cuttings are then planted in small pots filled with seedling soil and sand. It only remains to install them in the shade and then to water in rain at the rate of once every three days.
In autumn the cuttings are at transplant in larger pots and to winter in a cool and bright room. They will bloom from next spring.
2 – Cutting the Bougainvillea
Beneath its delicate appearance, the Bougainvillea is very easy to cut. This is good news for gardeners in love with this beautiful Mediterranean plant whose flowers appear to be carved out of crumpled paper. Sublime, purple, pink, red, orange, purple or white Bougainvillea is relatively expensive.
We therefore do not hesitate to multiply it knowing that the best period to cut it is from the end of August to the end of September, in other words when summer is coming to an end. Young stems are only replanted to clone the mother plant when their roots are very well developed. We therefore wait for the following spring, keeping the cuttings warm during the winter and pampering them.
3 – Cut the Honeysuckle
To create a garden where you can enjoy both the beauty and the scent of the many flowers, Honeysuckle really has a major role to play. We can easily multiply by cuttings the climbing honeysuckles and the shrub honeysuckles. Those with evergreen foliage multiply easily if the cuttings are made during the second half of summer, not beyond the end of September, and those with deciduous leaves are cuttings in winter, between January and February.
The cuttings taken in summer are to be pricked by three in a pot containing a mixture of sand and universal potting soil, and which is then placed in a makeshift greenhouse (stifled) to be kept closed for 20 days. Then, we bury the pot away from the wind and cover it with a thick mulch. In the spring, all that remains is to transplant the new honeysuckle to the desired location. Note that the winter cuttings of a deciduous honeysuckle are planted directly in the ground when the tree has lost its foliage.
4 – Cutting a Rose
Who has never dreamed of creating a sumptuous royal or wild rose garden ? It is enough to already have a few plants of different varieties to multiply them as desired and to revegetate your natural space like no other in order to make it quickly and for free absolutely fabulous.
English roses for beds, rosebushes on stem for the borders of the path, climbing roses to dress the facade, a pergola or the old fence wall, miniature roses to magnify the windowsills … Without spending money, from from your own roses it is possible to easily create the most beautiful of rose gardens thanks to cuttings.
5 – Cutting a Belle-de-Nuit
A simple rod of this Mirabilis jalapa soaked in water for a few weeks allows you to get a new foot. The best time to take the stems of Belle-de-Nuit to cut is the August. But you should also know that this plant very often nicknamed the Wonder of Peru multiplies spontaneously from year to year. So there is nothing to do a wizard to revegetate his garden for free if not let nature take its course …
6 – Cutting a Chrysanthemum
Of the month from March to June the favorable period for chrysanthemum cuttings takes place. To multiply these plants, we take as many branches of the year as necessary, knowing that each will quickly give a new Chrysanthemum, a perfect clone of the mother plant. The vigorous stems taken are to be planted in a box of moist potting soil which is then covered with a plastic bag or a specific bell so that the plants are kept smothered.
After 21 days, if you have thought of airing your plants every day, the plastic can be removed. The new small Chrysanthemums should have roots. They can be transplanted into pots where they will continue to grow until fall, which is the perfect time to plant them where you want them.
7 – Cutting a Begonia
Thanks to cuttings, an extremely simple method of multiplying plants, it is easy to revegetate your garden beyond your expectations with Begonia. Take a few stems from your favorite Begonia and place it with a charcoal cube in one jar containing a water background. Leave the jar closed until the roots appear. You can also simply plant the stems taken in a cutting soil.
Note that some varieties of begonias are even capable of multiplying from a leaf which, after its incision, should simply be placed on a rich and moist substrate! This is the case of Begonia Rex, royal with its decorative foliage.
8 – Cutting a Hydrangea
It is child’s play to quickly obtain many absolutely identical hydrangea plants. The levy of stems that do not bear flowers is carried out in summer. You just have to plant them in biodegradable pots filled with potting soil, to install them at the foot of the mother plant. Maintain a slight humidity by watering with a single glass of water. This should be enough for a good twenty days if you take care to create a stifled environment with a plastic bottle that you remove after a week. Then, when new small leaves appear, all that remains is to transplant the new hydrangeas and protect them from the winter cold.
9 – Cutting a Passionflower
How wonderful this vine ! It is absolutely essential for greening your garden because it climbs easily on a makeshift support. It is enough to cut a young stem of the year then to install it in a vase containing water until roots appear, or plant it in a mixture of sand and potting soil. To get good results, choose a stem with three or four nodes.
10 – Cutting the oleander
It is very quickly that the oleander stems simply placed in a water bottle form roots. In this way, a new shrub is obtained for each cuttable stem. in the month of August preferably. Its repotting in a potting soil is done after a few months. Easy, right? We can thus install the laurels at the edge of the property to form a pretty hedge that evokes the sunny regions or replant its cuttings in a Mediterranean massif …
Some cutting hormone, a good pair of scissors, a bottle of water or a few biodegradable cups, some special cuttings potting soil and a little sand constitute the panoply largely sufficient to multiply all his favorite plants by cuttings, and those which one spotted in acquaintances whose garden is full of magnificent plants.
We do not forget of course to remove some leaves on the selected stems in order to limit the risk of cuttings dehydration. Likewise, many green-thumbed gardeners opt for smothered cuttings consisting of placing a plastic bag on the pot. This is very useful because it helps to create a warm and humid atmosphere.