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10 Easy Steps To Seed Propagation
1.Fill each seed tray to the brim with a good quality seed compost and dampen using a fine spray.
2.Firm down the compost gently before sowing, using a flat based tool.
3.Sow the seeds carefully between finger and thumb rather than sprinkle straight from the packet.
4.Cover the seeds with a depth of finely sieved compost equivalent to the thickness of the seeds. Note this is not necessary with fine seeds such a Begonias.
5.Water well using a fine spray but do not soak an cover with the clear lid.
6.Position the propagator in an area with plenty of light but avoid sunshine which can damage young seedlings.
7.When the seedlings appear, you should decrease the humidity within the propagator by gradually opening the ventilators on the cover. Once the humidity levels have dropped you can remove the cover altogether.
8.Do not be afraid to 'prick out' the seedlings with a dibber if they are crowded together. Crowding can cause oxygen and light starvation and you will achieve better results by selecting the healthier seedlings.
9.When the seedlings are large enough to be handled, they should be transplanted into pots or trays, to allow them greater space to develop. Be careful only to handle young seedlings by the leaves and never by the stems.
10.The young plants will then need a further 'hardening off' period indoors prior to planting outside. Remember young plants are particularly susceptible to frost, so watch the weather!
10 Easy Steps To Rooting Cuttings
1.Fill each seed tray to the brim with a good quality cutting compost and dampen using a fine spray.
2.When selecting cuttings, choose non flowering shoots, approximately 3 inches (75mm) long.
3.Using a knife, trim the stem carefully just below the leaf node.
4.Remove all the leaves from the cutting, except three to four at the tip of the shoot.
5.Dip the cut end into a hormone cutting powder (available at all good garden centres) and tap off the excess. This will help to increase the chances of successful rooting.
6.Insert the cutting into the compost to a depth of approximately 1½ inches (40mm) and firm the compost down gently.
7.Water well using a fine spray and cover with the clear lid, ensuring that the ventilator is closed in order to generate the required humidity.
8.When signs of active growth appear, gradually open the ventilator(s) to reduce the humidity levels, before removing the cover completely. Be patient! Most cuttings will root in time.
9.Once the cuttings have rooted successfully, you will need to pot them on individually to give them greater room to develop.
10.The young plants will then need a further 'hardening off' period indoors prior to planting outside. Remember young plants are particularly susceptible to frost, so watch the weather