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Mini-Greenhouse with a Pair of Pots

Magazine article Sunset

Mini-Greenhouse with a Pair of Pots

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EASY WAY TO START PLANTS

A great time to propagate many kinds of plants from cuttings is when new growth has started to harden off-usually late summer or early autumn.

Plants commonly grown from cuttings include some perennials (artemisia, cape mallow, felicia, germander, lavender, marguerite, osteospermum, pelargonium, and penstemon), deciduous shrubs and vines (butterfly bush, clematis, fig, fuchsia, and roses), and some evergreens (azalea, camellia, daphne, heather and heath, and rosemary).

You can create an ideal environment for cuttings by using a coldframe, or you can make a portable "greenhouse" with pots as shown in the photos. TO MAKE CUTTINGS: Take 2- to 6-inch lengths (shorter on fine-leafed plants like heath, longer on larger-leafed plants like daphne) from side branches, including a sliver of heel if you slice the cutting away from an adjoining branch. Each cutting should have at least two leaf nodes (the buds from which leaves grow). …

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