Basic propogation

margomouse(5)August 27, 2012

I apologize for the simplicity of my question to begin with. At the beginning of March- I thought annual was a flower that came back every year :P That is how entirely new I am to the wonderful world of gardening. I have been very successful despite my lack of experience, and am already looking forward to next spring. I am planning on propagating several of my plants and giving their "babies" to friends. I have read extensively on how to do this, and think I understand what I need to do. My question is about timing. If I want to have some substantial plants to give away next spring, it would seem to me that I need to propagate this fall. Is this correct? I was hoping to give away the plants in April and May. I am thinking that if I get cuttings to root this fall, and get them in pots now- I can over winter them and then by next spring they will be a nice size. I do not have a greenhouse; but was planning on getting a grow light and have acquired a small portable green house that is similar to a bakers rack. Any help you could provide would be appreciated. At this time I am thinking about propagating 2 different varieties of salvia as well as catmint as a starting point. Thank you for your expertise.

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calistoga_al

If you want to propagate perennials this summer for next year, it is important to get them well rooted before they go dormant, or they may not live through the dormant season. With this in mind I would start them soon. Al

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 11:49AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

in the alternative.. now is a good time to be dividing appropriate plants.. so they have time to settle in.. outdoors ...

keeping a big chunk of a plant for you .. and line out some smaller ones for trading or gifts ... why messin doors.. when it can be done.. easier.. outside ...

and that is what i would do for any mint.. no need to mess around int he house...

and i dont get the salvia part.. but good for you ...

indoor plant growing.. can be handled in a 4000 page book... there are so many variables to handle.. that i wish you all the luck in the world ... but you are going to need to do a lot of research between now.. and first frost.. good luck ...

the one key .. is adjustable lights.. the lights need to be.. sustained.. at about 2 inches over the plants.. so as the plants grow ... either the light rises.. or the shelf goes down ... more lights the better ... and plain shop lights are fine .. no need for fancy ones..

this variable is LIGHT INTENSITY and plant stand design ...

you will also need to master.. media [what you grow in .. and that is not soil]... cleanliness.. water.. humidity ... and luck ... lol ..

ken

Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 5:20PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

I totally agree... but that leaves that cool new rack empty. Many of the plants bought up north as annuals are really perennials that could work with your plan. What else do you have growing? Any "annuals" or house plants?

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 11:23AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Forgot to add, some perennials don't need a dormant period... although frustratingly nothing comes to mind at the moment.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 11:25AM
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