Tips for Growing Annuals and Biennials

Working with Stem Cuttings

stem cutting
Stem cuttings thrive
with little effort and space.

Many gardeners choose to work with stem cuttings when growing annuals and biennials. The following tips will help you through the process of working with cuttings.

  • Take stem cuttings of tender flowers in late summer before temperatures drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. You can root them indoors and enjoy their greenery and perhaps a few flowers during winter. Then you can take more cuttings of these plants to set out next spring.
  • Cuttings are more compact and versatile than old garden plants dug up and squeezed into a pot. They can thrive with less effort and space.
  • Fresh-cut annual stems may root if you put them in a vase of clean water. But stems can root more reliably in a sterile, peat-based mix.

Annuals Suitable for Late Summer Cuttings

  • Have flowers blooming in sunny windows during fall and winter by starting new seedlings outdoors in pots in mid- to late summer. Bring them indoors several weeks before the first autumn frost. They will begin to bloom as frost arrives, perfect for brightening the autumn transition period. This works well with French marigolds, pansies, petunias, nasturtiums, violas, impatiens, compact cockscomb, and annual asters. Simply discard the plants later when they get ratty-looking.

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