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How to Cut Flowers & Establish Roots

    • 1). Fill a flower pot full of 1 part milled sphagnum and 1 part perlite or seed-starter mix. Moisten the mix with water. Dig a small hole in the center of the mix to stick the cut end of the stem into. Take the pot with you to the plant from which you will be taking the cutting.

    • 2). Take your cuttings only while plants are growing but are not in bloom. Pick a chubby stem that looks healthy to take the cutting from. Cut the stem 2 to 4 inches below the stem's tip, below a leaf node, with pruners. Set the stem in a glass of water.

    • 3). Cut off all the leaves except the leaves at the tip of the stem with pruners. Stick the cut end of the stem into the hole dug in the mix in the pot. Mount the mix around the stem so it stands upright.

    • 4). Keep the mix in the pot moist but not wet. Roots will appear in two to four weeks. Tug on the stem gently; if it resists, your cutting has developed roots. After four weeks, transplant your new plant into a larger pot to give the roots more room to grow.

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