Starting Plant Cutting

Starting plant and flower cuttings to bring into your home is a highly rewarding hobby. They are a beautiful and inexpensive way to add to your interior.

Cutting gardens are gardens that contain flowers that work well cut and brought indoors for arrangements. Cut flowers are a beautiful addition to your house and are surprisingly easy and inexpensive to grow. Most cut flowers are annuals that grow easily from seed. This means that you can purchase several inexpensive packets of seed in the early spring and be cutting flowers by mid summer. The first thing you need to do is prepare the flowerbed. You can plant the flowers among your other flowerbeds, in rows in your vegetable garden, or in their own bed. Prepare the soil by loosening it gently and removing any sod. Add some compost, either your own or compost that you have purchased commercially. Smooth the surface with a rake and you are ready to begin. Although any flower that has a relatively long stem and is not excessively bushy can be cut and brought indoors, some good choices are Cosmos, Daisies (which are Perennials), Zinnias, and Snapdragons. When deciding on the flowers you will be using, keep in mind the colors and décor of your house, and choose something to accent your décor. Sprinkle the seeds liberally over the soil, planting the taller varieties in the back and the shorter ones toward the front. Sprinkle the entire area with potting soil or compost in order to cover the seeds lightly. Do not plant them to deep or it will delay the germination. Keep the flowerbed watered so that the soil remains damp but not muddy. The seeds have to absorb enough water to break through their tough outer coating. Once the seeds sprout you can cut back on the water, as long as you have a half-inch of rain a week. This is the time that it is important to be diligent in weeding, as the weeds will grow much quicker than the flowers, stealing vital nutrients. As the flowers grow you may want to apply a liquid fertilizer every four to six weeks to keep the plants strong. As soon as they begin to bloom, you can begin to cut the flowers. Cut at the base of the stems and use a pair of sharp scissors or clippers so that you do not damage the plant. The more often that you trim you plants, the more blooms they will produce. At the end of the season pull up all of the annuals and trim the perennials back to the ground. Throw all of the debris in the trash or compost. By keeping it out of the flowerbed, you reduce the risk of pests and disease next year.

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