Easy Plant Propagation

Anyone can be a plant propagator with these easy, traditional and low-tech plant propagation techniques.

Plant propagation
Herb cuttings from mint, marjoram and oregano will form new roots if placed in a jar of warm water. This is best done in the spring when the plant is in its most active growth.
Illustration by Elayne Sears
Plant Propagation
You can propagate your mums, phlox and other perennials in the spring by taking 3-inch cuttings from the new growth. Strip the leaves from the bottom 2 inches of the cuttings, then plant the cutting and cover it loosely with a handful of mulch to shade it. Keep the soil moist. In a few weeks you will see new growth.
Illustration by Elayne Sears
Plant Propagation
Plants such as raspberries, forsythia and mort perennial vines can be propagated by a technique known as layering.
Illustration by Elayne Sears

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