Creeping Phlox Cuttings: How To Grow Creeping Phlox From Cuttings
The following are some interesting facts about taking creeping phlox cuttings:
You need to take cutting at least one month before flowering. You will have to wait until the next spring. If you don’t take it, then your plants won’t get enough time to flower and produce fruit.
It takes 1/3rd of the weight of a mature plant to make a small amount of cutting.
Cutting is easy because it doesn’t require any special tools or skills. You just need to use scissors and knife. Cutting is done with scissors only, no sharpening required!
There are two types of cutting: 1) straight and 2) diagonal. Straight cuts are made when you cut along the length of the stem. Diagonal cuts are made when you cut along the width of the stem. Every stem can produce either one or the other, but they cannot produce both kinds of cuts.
When you cut your cutting, you should remember that the cut should be made just below a node and at a slight angle. Cut just below the node because nodes are where the new roots will sprout from. The cut should be at an angle so that it won’t heal quickly. If new roots won’t form within a month then you didn’t make the diagonal cut deep enough. For best results, cut at a 45 degree angle.
If you buy stem from a florist then you don’t need to cut the stem yourself because the cutting is already done for you. The florist has already made straight cuts below the nodes. All you have to do is place them into water and wait one month before transplanting them into soil.
There are different ways to preserve your cutting without letting it dry out. One way is to place the cutting in a jar of water and placing the jar in the fridge. When you take it out, wait another month before transplanting.
Another way is to place the cutting in a plastic zip bag with holes poked in it. This method allow for some air to get into the bag.
You can also use a soilless mix as a substitute for soil. Types of soilless mix include bark, pine, fir, or oak. They provide better drainage than soil and allow the water to be absorbed faster than soil as well. Never use soil from your backyard because it may contain harmful chemicals or disease.
You can also use a foam cup because it has many holes in it for the water to seep through. It will help your cutting retain moisture for a longer period of time.
Other types of plant media that you can use include perlite, vermiculite, and gravel. All three of these items are sterile and lightweight. You can also use a mixture of peat moss and sand. Use a 60:40 ratio for this type of mixture.
The cutting will need 3 to 4 weeks to take root. Make sure the cutting is not in 24 hour darkness because it won’t be able to produce photosynthesis.
Taking creeping phlox cuttings is an easy process that doesn’t require you to be a professional gardener. The only difficult part may be finding the materials such as the stems and media. These items can be found at your local garden center or even on the Internet. Creeping phlox are easy to find at nurseries and garden centers because they are very popular.
You may want to take cuttings from more than one type of creeping phlox. This is especially true if you want to create a lush carpet of flowers. There are over 20 different types of creeping phlox and they come with different colors and flowers.
The last trick to take creeping phlox cuttings is to know when to take them. The best time to take cuttings is during the spring and summer months when the soil is warm. Creeping phlox cuttings placed into the soil during this time will have no problem taking root.
Once the creeping phlox takes root, you can then transplant them into individual pots and place them in your garden or flower bed. Creeping phlox are perfect in the front of a flower bed because they can be mowed around. This is something that you definitely don’t want to do with other types of flowers such as pansies or roses.
If you don’t want to plant the cuttings outdoors, then you can also take the cuttings to work or school with you. Most offices and classrooms are kept at a nice cool temperature. This temperature is perfect for the creeping phlox to take root. If you keep the cutting inside of a cup filled with water then it will still be able to thrive.
Creeping phlox are a versatile flower that can be used in many different ways. By taking cuttings, you can have as many as you want anytime you want.
Caring for Creeping Phlox
Creeping phlox are a type of flower that are easy to care for. The only two things they require are sunlight and water.
Creeping phlox love the sun and will start to become unhappy if it does not receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. If you live in an area that does not get a lot of sun, such as the deep south, then creeping phlox may not be the best type of flower for you.
Creeping phlox require a lot of water to stay healthy. They should be watered every day and can even be watered twice a day in hotter climates. Creeping phlox also require moist soil. The best way to check if creeping phlox require water is to stick your finger into the soil up to your first knuckle. If your finger comes out dry, then it is time to water.
Creeping phlox do not like sitting in water or wet soil. If this occurs then you will need to remove as much of the water as you can with a large spoon. Once the soil is no longer soggy you can place it back into its container.
The best time to fertilize creeping phlox is during the spring and summer months. Fertilize them once every two weeks or so with a flower fertilizer. If you are using a generic fertilizer, then use one that has a middle number 5 in its name (ie. 5-10-5, 10-10-10).
Typical Fungus and Disease Problems
Creeping phlox are prone to the usual fungal and disease problems. They are especially susceptible to mosaic virus and usually get sick in the winter months. You can help prevent this by keeping creeping phlox out of areas that are prone to long periods of wet weather and by making sure that the soil is allowed to dry out between waterings.
If your creeping phlox do become diseased you can try to save them by pruning out all of the diseased parts and making sure that they receive increased sunlight and air circulation.
Tips for Growing Creeping Phlox from Cuttings
Creeping phlox cuttings are easy to grow, but they do require a little bit of extra attention.
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