Trim the stem
of the cutting just below the joint of the lowest pair of leaves,
then carefully remove the leaves too, Make sure you do not damage
the joint itself when doing this.
Sometimes these first cuttings have
hollow stems, and I have found them difficult to
root. Discard them because more shoots will follow, and they
are sure to be more suitable for propagation.
end of the prepared cutting, then dip it in hormone rooting
powder. Use a dibber or pencil to make a hole about 25mm (1in.) deep
in the compost ; insert the cutting, and firm it in with your
cuttings can be put in the same pot, but it is best to stick to only
one variety per pot. Ensure each pot is labelled to prevent
propagator top over the pots, or put them into a propagating frame. They
need a warm position, out of direct sunlight.
After two or
three weeks, roots will have formed, and when new leaves start
to grow, the plants can be moved onto individual pots of John Innes
No. 2 compost.
Grow the plants on in these pots until the end
of May, then move them to a sheltered position, such as a
sunny patio. This will help to harden off the plants before they are
planted out in the garden.
10. A Mixed Basket