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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin H View Post
    Today I started taking cuttings.

    The plants I boxed up on January 10th have made good growth and I reckon there are 8 shoots big enough to use:

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    My book explains that to take the cuttings you should cut the shoots off below the soil surface. This is because you want to end up with a quarter inch of blanched white stem at the bottom of the cutting. It also says to remove all but two leaves from the shoot to reduce water loss while roots are forming.

    Roots should form first from the white part of the cutting and then from the green part.

    Here's an unprepared cutting on the left and a prepared one on the right:

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    The book says to dibble them into a tray of JI Seed compost covered with a layer of sharp sand. Some of the sand falls into the holes and helps keep the cutting well drained and stops it rotting.

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    I'll be looking to fill this half-tray up (another 12 cuttings) by the end of the month.

    In the meantime I've put them onto the heated propogator with the lid on. In this way I will "encourage quick rooting by means of a suitable compost, ample and constant moisture, and a little bottom heat" as advised by Mr Allerton.
    Super them martin you will get some nice flowers they have realy come on,keep us informed cheers Peter
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    I took another 8 cuttings this morning. The first batch look ok but no sign of new growth yet.

    The new plants that I potted up a couple of weeks ago have recovered from their trip through the post and are starting to grow away now.
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    Just done a search on eBay after reading your posts and fell in love, can anyone tell me what variety these are please?
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    Hi Hayley, you'll have to ask the seller I'm afraid. My guess is that it will vary depending on which ones he has ready at the time. Also from the listing it looks like the varieties would be different depending on whether you specify earlies or lates.

    At less than a pound a plant the price is good, but you can never be sure of the quality.
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    Hayley, your link didn't work - it was trying to call a number - can you try again?

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    Thanks Martin there the ones. Love there little 'Pom Pom' flowers

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    In the blurb it says all colours, all types ...perhaps it's just pot luck. Have a look on the website that Martin put up in the beginning of the thread Hayley. It shows a photo of each type and colour.
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