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Rooting Success Kit

With the Rooting Success Kit, you can easily propagate your favorite perennials, houseplants and shrubs.

The kit includes:
APS 24
Dip N' Grow, 2 oz
Perlite, 3 qts
24 Wooden Plant Markers
Water Gauge

You also need:
Sharp knife or pruning shears

Taking Cuttings
Stem cuttings are sections of young stems which will root and grow into replicas of the original. One great plant can easily become many. A wide variety of herbaceous plants can be started from cuttings, including begonia, basil, chrysanthemums, geraniums, mints, coleus, impatiens, mums, most perennial flowers and herbs To take a cutting from an herbaceous plant, choose a 1 to 6-inch long nonflowering section of stem. The section should have two nodes or sets of leaves. The morning is the best time to take cuttings because the stems are full of moisture.

Use a sharp knife
or pruning shears to sever the cutting at a 45 degree angle, just above an outward-facing leaf node. Remove leaves from the portion of stem that will be buried. Sterilize the knife as you move between plants, so you don’t spread disease. For woody plants, you can take a softwood cutting or a hardwood cutting. A softwood cutting is from new growth of woody plants (usually in the spring or early summer). Shoots are suitable when they can be snapped easily when bent. A hardwood cutting is taken from dormant, mature stems in winter or early spring. This is usually used for deciduous shrubs.

Note: Cuttings taken from some variegated plants will not produce plants that exactly resemble their parents. Also, plants that are patented are legally protected from propagation, even propagation by the home gardener.

Growing Media
Cuttings require moist, well drained, airy and sterile growing media. Perlite works well as a medium for most plants. Plants with succulent stems or silver, needlelike or leathery leaves are adapted for dry conditions. Use perlite or coarse sand alone as the growing media for these plants.

Rooting Instructions
1. Fill APS with your growing media and fill the reservoir with water.

2. Dip one end of your fresh cuttings into Dip N’ Grow.

3. Insert each cutting into an APS cell. If there's enough headroom, cover the cuttings with the APS cover to create humid conditions. Place the APS in a cool (70 degrees F) location away from direct sunlight . Monitor the plants and water if needed, or remove the plastic or cover if there seems to be too much moisture.

4. After a few weeks, start checking for new leaf growth, which indicates that the plants are rooting well. As roots start to form, apply diluted liquid fertilizer such as Plant Health Care for Seedlings and Houseplants once a week.

5. Gently pull on the top of the cutting to check on the progress of the rooting. When the cuttings have formed a sturdy root system, (approx 1" or longer) transplant them into a larger container or into the garden. If you plant the cuttings outside, you will need to harden them off first.

Harden off your cuttings by placing them outside each day for 1 to 2 weeks, gradually increasing their exposure to sunlight and wind.

On the first day, place them outside in a partly sunny location away from damaging winds for a just a few hours. Continue to set the cuttings outside, increasing their exposure to sunlight and extending their time out a little more each day. Make sure to bring them indoors in the afternoon or evening. After hardening off, your new plants are ready to plant.

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