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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:55 am    Post subject: Potting up cuttings Reply with quote

New to gardening but have had 2 successful years of propagating cotoneaster coral beauty but wondering why it's recommended to plant 4 or 5 cuttings in one pot before re potting each into separate pots, instead of just putting the new cutting directly into a separate pot which wont need re potting?

I'm sure there is a valid reason for this but just keen to understand it more

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

An old farmer's saying about planting oat or barley seed goes ...."One for the blackbird, one for the crow, one for the soil and one to grow."

I presume it is the same with your cuttings, Brendankearns; whereby you allow for some losses along the way.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James, the version of that saying I know is 'one for the mouse, one for the crow, one to rot and one to grow. But the meaning is the same.

Have you noticed if you carefully sow a few well-spaced seeds NOTHING germinates. If you up-end the entire packet they ALL germinate. Rolling Eyes

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