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One of the pleasures of home for many people is a beautiful garden. It can be hard to leave something behind that you have put so much time and effort into, but it is very difficult to uproot everything and replant it again in your new location. If this is your situation, then it should bring some comfort knowing that some of your favorite plants and/or flowers may be able to make the trip with you, as seeds and cuttings. Here is what you need to know.
Pick The Very Best
No matter what you have decided to take with you to the new garden, you need to make sure that you pick the best plants. After all, these are going to be the parents of everything that follows in your new garden. After deciding which ones these will be, it can be helpful to mark or label the specific plants in your garden. This protects you in case they have lost their leaves by the time moving day rolls around.
Carefully Working With Cuttings
When dealing with perennials, cuttings are usually the most effective method of taking a plant with you, short of uprooting and transplanting the whole thing. Be sure to follow these tips and advice when working with cuttings:
- Cut several stems…and in different places: This can even include flowers. The idea here is that you don’t end up making the plant that is left behind look lopsided, or have holes. After all, the new homeowners may have been counting on enjoying that beautiful garden as well.
- Cutting the stem: You want to start from the bottom and use about a four to six-inch length cut. Remove the leaves except for several that would be at the top.
- Give the cutting a bit of help: Try placing the fresh cutting in some rooting hormone. Although this is optional, it may really help to speed up the process of regeneration.
- Carefully place the cutting: in a small (two to four inch) plastic nursery container. Make sure to include some high-quality potting soil.
- Put the little pot in a clear plastic bag: Use a pencil or even a small stick to keep the walls of the bag from touching the cutting. You may even fit more than one in a bag; also be sure to close with a twist tie.
- Be sure to keep the cutting out of direct sunlight: While humidity will help, direct light could actually burn your cutting. Keeping it in filtered light is the best thing to do.
- Cut down on the watering: Part of the reason for the plastic bag is to only water when it really needs it and the soil is very dry. Too much water at this point will cause the stem to rot.
- Transfer out of the plastic bag: once the cuttings have roots and leaves of their own. This is the name of the game. Now, slowly start giving them fertilizer and less and less filtered sunlight. This helps them to get ready to actually be planted in the new garden.
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Harvesting Your Seeds
Seeds can be a bit more difficult to harvest. First of all, each plant will have different best times to harvest their seeds. Look up more information about your specific plants. Generally, you want to allow the seeds to dry on the plant for as long as possible. You will also need to separate the casings the seeds are in (pods, fruit, seed heads, etc…). Maybe even call up a nursery in your new town to find out the answers needed.