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Propagating Annuals from Cuttings
This article was published originally on 8/23/2002
By now many of our annual plants in the garden are gorgeous to overgrowing! It will be hard to watch these prized flowers die after the first frost. Fortunately, some annuals can be propagated from cuttings and brought indoors during the winter. This is a great way to extend their beauty inside and reduce the cost of annual flowers for next spring.
Annuals such as sweet potato vine, coleus, geranium, impatiens, begonia, and plectranthus are easy to root from cuttings. Below is a brief outline of the process.
Most cuttings form roots in 4 to 6 weeks. Gently tug on the stem tips to see if they are rooted. If there is some resistance during the "tug test", the cuttings may have formed fine roots. When the roots are at least 1 inch long, they are ready for transplanting into individual containers. After transplanting move rooted cuttings into well-lit locations for optimal growing.
Year of Publication:
IC-487(21) -- August 23, 2002