How Can You Encourage Flower Propagation?

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated November 25, 2013)

Simply put, in gardening propagation is when a flower or plant becomes fertile and is able to reproduce with other plants. For many, if not all, plant types this is an essential part of the growing cycle that needs to be fulfilled. If it doesn't you can expect your plant to not do as well as it should. Here are a few methods for how you can encourage flower propagation around your garden.

  • Attract pollinators. Perhaps the easiest method available for encouraging flower propagation is to attract as many natural pollinators as possible. This means attracting critters like birds, and various kind of insects to your garden. As these critters move around the garden they will help pollinate the flowers and thus help propagation. If you go this route you will have to learn how to live with things like bees flying around.
  • Take cuttings. One of the things that you need to understand about cutting your flowers is that you are doing exactly that, cutting them. When you do this, you need to be very careful that you don't use a cutting method that is too traumatic for the plant, and ends up killing it. When you have finished cutting the plant, and have the new smaller "clone" you can then transplant it into a pot inside. Simply plant it as you would any seedling, and carefully nurture it for the next two to three months. After that time, you should have an exact copy of the original plant.
  • Dividing. Dividing a plant is much the same as cutting, but instead of the stem you are working with the roots of the plant. In order for this particular propagation method to work you will need to gently dig up the roots, and then shake off the dirt from them. Be very careful as you do this so you don't accidentally damage the roots in any way. Break the roots into several pieces, being careful not to damage or tear the roots, and then plant each new section in its own pot.

Keep in mind that while these methods will work for many plants, not all of the methods will work for all plants. This means that you will need to know your particular plant well before you begin attempting any propagation methods. If you use the wrong method type on the wrong type of flower or plant you can end up damaging the plant beyond repair.

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Lee Wyatt

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