|Hollyhock seeds drying in a bowl|
Since I have no where to hang baskets inside, I will take cuttings of this coleus and then store the basket for the coming winter. Below are steps to do so. If you already know how, you may wish to skip the rest of this post.
1. Cut the large stems away from the main plant.
I like to cut them at an angle to give extra space for the stem to draw up water.
2. Trim off the lower leaves so that you have a bare stem to go into the water. any leaves left on below the water level will rot and make your jar of cuttings smell terrible!
3. Fill clear jars, glasses, vases, etc. with water and add your cuttings. Why clear? So you can check on the progress of the roots without pulling the plant out of its container.
4. Add water as needed for several weeks. When the stem has formed roots...
|Cutting that was taken several weeks ago with its roots.|
What about all those little leaves you trimmed off? Well if you are super careful, you can put them into tiny glass container and at least half of them will sprouts roots as well. I just throw mine away.
My friends, Maren and Christopher McLaren share the bounty from their garden as they rushed to save things from the freeze...
|My tomato plant on the wood stove and basil from the McLaren garden in front. The cat is wondering why are these inside?|