Monday, December 5, 2011

Pruning and propagation

I decided it was a good day to prune some plants and attempt to start new plants from cuttings.

Gidget says, "I'm sorry, I didn't hear you, but did you see that bird fly over and land here?"

The lemon rose geranium was one of the plants I needed to prune.

One of the first pieces
Our lemon rose geranium is taking over the garden and I decided now was a good time to start to prune it back. We cut pieces off every week but it was time to make a dent in it. I cut it where the branches were woody and thick, hoping that would give the cuttings the best chance at successfully rooting.
Gidget spends another morning trying to mail herself somewhere that isn't talking about flowers
The lavender also needed pruning so I cut a few woody pieces off the bottom of it 
This is the lemon rose geranium after pruning
I should have trimmed some off the height but I want to propagate the cuttings and already took lots off by this point. In a month or so I will look to see how it is filling out and will come back to take some off the top.

I am hoping the woody cuttings I took will root in regular potting soil.
I trimmed off the excess branch and lower leaves of the cuttings and planted in E.B. Stone Edna's Best potting soil. I planted each cutting at least 2 inches deep. 

This is the pile of cuttings I look off the lemon rose geranium and the lavender plants. 

This is one of the best looking cuttings of lemon rose geranium

We got about 15 new plants, a mix of scented geranium and lavender. 
A lavender cutting I put it in soil up to the first set of leaves

Frijole wonders what any of this has to do with lunch.

We have lots more cuttings to plant tomorrow.

Gidget is hurrying to the house, she heard someone say lunch!

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