Propagating Chrysanthemum Cuttings
Chrysanthemums can easily be propagated from cuttings, as follows:
- Fill one or more 15 cm (6 in) pots (as required) with two parts compost to one part sharp sand.
- Choose healthy young shoots barely 5cm (2 in) long which are growing near the base of the plant.
- Cut them cleanly with a sharp knife or razor blade.
- Take off the lowest pair of leaves and trim the base just below the joint to which the leaves were attached.
- Dip the cuttings in hormone rooting powder.
- Using a dibber to make planting holes in the compost, plant the cuttings 4 cm (1.5 in) apart around the rim of the pot(s).
- Just about half the cutting should be buried in the soil.
- Enclose the pot(s) in large, clear polythene bag(s) to conserve moisture until they have rooted.
- Gradually acclimatise the cutting to normal conditions and plant-out once the danger of frosts is past.
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