LETTER

Get Free Plants This Spring With These Quick Tips

Doug Green
Jan 14 · 2 min read

A few tips on things you should be doing right now in January to fill up your garden this summer with very low cost or free plants.

Perennial Seed Propagation

If you haven’t started your perennial seed propagation yet, you’ll want to do so very soon (like right now!)

I wrote about how to do it here.

Two Important Things To Pay Attention To

  • 90 day germination period
  • 70:40 temperature rule

And remember — you do not freeze your perennial seed. And yeah, I know the Net is full of advice to freeze seed but it’s the Net… What more do I need to say?

This link is to a Youtube video where I explain why you do not freeze seed

https://youtu.be/BfggL7ebH2E

Geraniums

This is a perfect time to begin the cutting process for getting all the free geraniums (and annuals if you’re overwintering these — same guidelines) you can handle in your garden. (Light levels are now on the increase and days are getting longer so this is going to kick a lot of plants into growth)

The effects of this simple pruning technique are explained here in this Youtube video. It applies to *all* plants.

https://youtu.be/F4OQn6-WciQ

Get your plants into the sunniest spot in your house.

Pinch out all the growing tips of your geraniums. This will force the dormant buds along the length of the stem to begin growing and your plant will thicken up.

Begin feeding. With the increased light levels, the plant will now need a full strength feeding once a week.

When those new shoots are 2-inches long (give or take) you can take them off the mother plant to root up. I wrote about that here

Propagation

All the plant propagation tips are here. (Listed under the Lists and Links section)

FYI — that List and Links Section in the main menu has a series of individual featured pages — those pages will contain the links to plant profiles and how-to articles. The plant propagation tips page above is almost complete but the others will be filled in over time.

Bottom line folks — gardening season starts now. :-)

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A practical organic gardening resource helping you have a better garden

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Former nurseryman, now writer and curious about what’s over the next hill and how to get there in either my Triumph Spitfire or sailboat.

Doug Greens Garden

A practical organic gardening resource helping you have a better garden

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