A home without plants is like a hill in a desert. It’s the hundreds of shades of blossoming flowers that attract butterflies and green trees that make homes and gardens spectacular. Homeowners prefer hiring gardeners to grow their plants. The good news is that you can grow plants even if you’re working on a tight budget.
Before planting, it may be necessary to call a tree removal service to prune trees hanging over your garden. You don’t want your plants deprived of sunlight.
Here are some easy ways to propagate plants in your home garden.
Using seeds to grow your plants is one of the easiest techniques of propagation. You can purchase seeds from an agricultural store or harvest them from your garden. Seed banks are also great sources of seeds.
Though this method is the most popular, it takes longer for seeds to mature. To make them blossom, it would be best to use containers having growing mediums. Ensure the containers are free of pathogens and harmful insects.
Also, ensure that you sprinkle compost on the soil in the containers and work on their drainage to prevent waterlogging. Once you’ve prepared the soil and the container, plant the seeds at a depth that’s four times the seeds” size. Most seeds require moist soil to grow.
Annuals and perennials like vegetables germinate best when kept under temperatures ranging from 65 to 75ºF. Remember to expose your seedlings to a good amount of light to enable them grow strong. It’s the strong plants that are likely to survive when transferred to the garden.
Cuttings are also another method of propagation preferred by permaculturists. In this method, a stem cutting from a living plant is taken and put in a growth medium to develop a root system. If you opt for this propagation method, ensure you bring your cuttings from healthy stems that don’t have flower buds. And to maximize their potential rooting surface, cut them at a 45-degree angle.
Ensure that the soil you plant them in drains well and is warm. They can get such warmth from direct sunshine exposure. And as much as the soil shouldn’t be water-logged, ensure that there’s enough humidity because cuttings thrive in such an environment.
Alternatively, you can use a moist glass container or plastic bags to encourage root growth. The roots should begin forming after a month. Once they’ve formed, you can transfer them to a garden.
Grafting is an advanced propagation method and may require professional health. But if you’re keen enough, you can do it yourself. This technique involves slicing the stem of a plant and attaching it to the root of another. When the two plants’ tissues fuse, both will benefit from water and nutrients absorbed from the roots.
It’s best to select a stem from a healthy plant to graft. It should be at least one bud. Once you’ve cut and attached it to the rootstock, bind it with tape or twine to maintain contact of the two plants. Avoid grafting plants in regions with high winds.
You can have your desired plants in a few months by following these few propagation methods. The best thing about them? They’re easy and cheap to acquire and don’t need too much experience and knowledge.