Though growing plants from seeds isn’t that difficult, to a newbie like me it does seem very intimidating! The one question that continuously plagues my thoughts is “WHAT IF I KILL THE PLANT?!”.
But it’s going to be okay, you will succeed and have amazing plants because our stupendous coordinators, Jess, Tom and Sarah, have given us some very useful tips:
- Prepare the soil appropriately to the species’ needs, aerating it or adding compost to prepare it as a base of nutrition for your new trooper as well as using the right seed raising or potting mix.
- Make sure you plant it an appropriate depth into the soil proportional to the size of the seed (i.e. the bigger the seed, plant deeper into the soil).
Cloning via cuttings is where it gets fun. Some different ways to do it are:
- Straight into the dirt: take a cutting with a few nodes, remove all but the uppermost leaves and stick it straight into the dirt burying all but a couple of nodes .
- In a jar: take a cutting with a few nodes, remove all but the uppermost leaves and stick it in a jar of water on a sunny windowsill. Change the water every few days and watch the roots develop, after which you can pop it straight into soil.
- Divide and conquer: separate tubers, bulbs or runners once mature and replant. Try to minimise damage to the roots.
If you’d like more details, check out the propagation gardening guide (it is on our website).
Another cost effective way of growing plants is from kitchen scraps, which are very accessible and make full use of your food (zero wastage)!
- Seeds: You can save seeds from pretty much any fruit, such as chillies, avocados or papaya. Save the seed and plant as you would any other seed. To improve the chances of your plant surviving, do some research on the environment it likes, including soil, position and climate.
- Cuttings with tops or bottoms: Some edibles can be regrown from their tops or bottoms, such as pineapples, onions and carrots. Simply keep those parts and grow as you would a cutting in a jar. Once the roots have developed, stick into soil. Again, do some research to see if it would prefer to spend some time in a jar or go straight into the dirt.
- Cuttings with sprouts: Sprouting is often a sign not to eat your edible. But it’s also an opportunity to regrow it! When sprouts appear on edibles, including garlic and ginger, save them and grow in either a jar or straight into soil.
There is a lot of diversity when it comes to growing from kitchen scraps. Remember to do some research before experimenting! This will help in improving growth potential. For further information check out this guide:
We hope that our tips have helped in assuaging your fear and made you keen for some propagating! Have a lovely week everyone and remember to stay warm!
Until next time,