This article includes both still photos and a movie.
When potting small plants it’s easy to make the mistake of potting them too deeply or fertilizing them with the wrong kind of fertilizer. Or even using a poor grade of potting soil.
In this example I am potting a rooted cutting which is basically a stick with roots. In this example I have filled the pot with potting soil, leaving only 2″ from the top of the soil the the top of the pot. Yes, the roots of the cutting really are that close to the top of the pot because you don’t want much more than one inch of soil over the roots.
In the video you’ll see how and why I not only trimmed the top of this rooted cutting but I also trimmed the roots. It’s better to trim the roots, especially on a dormant cutting, than it is to bunch up the roots under the cutting. Once the roots are trimmed it’s easy to fan them out over the soil in the pot then cover with more potting soil.
When I put the soil in the container over the roots, not only do I fill the pot completely to the top, but I pack the soil in tightly so very little settling can take place. Once potted we apply a slow release fertilizer like Osmocote 14-14-14. Regular garden fertilizer, even if it says 14-14-14 on the bag, will kill your potted plants almost instantly!
Be sure to watch the short movie because I show you how to prune the rooted cuttings before potting and explain it all in more detail.
There you have it, the correct way to pot rooted cuttings, nursery stock liners and other small plants.
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