I used to work with a guy that used to say, “I’ve only got one other speed and thatun’s slower than thisun.”
And that’s how I often feel at the nursery. Never enough time to get it all done exactly when I’d like to get it done. And Many of Our Members struggle with this as well and they don’t know what to do with their rooted cuttings that are rooted, but they either don’t have the time to pot them up or maybe don’t have a place to put them right now.
Here’s the thing. You can pot things up during the growing season, but sometimes you have to be really careful if you pull them from the propagation beds when they are leafed out. If you do root damage to a plant in leaf there is a good chance that you are going to send that plant into shock.
This is what I do. I have a bunch of cuttings rooted in our propagation beds that are ready for potting, but often we can’t get to them right at the moment. I carefully pull the cuttings from the propagation bed, then we bunch them up in bunches of 20 or 25, we clip the tops off because that’s important if you want them to fill out nicely, then we simply stick several of those bunches in a one gallon container with potting soil.
Then I place those containers on the potting bench which is shade like you see here.
Then as we find time we pull the cuttings from the container and get them potted up. Since any root damage that might have been done when we pulled the cuttings, the plants have had time to recoup sitting here in the shade. And of course we keep them watered and spritz them on really hot days.
In the containers like this the plants actually have a chance to harden off and since we’ve already clipped the tops they start making new buds right away.
If it happens to be really hot on the day that I pull them, not really recommended, but we still put them in the pots but then we can place them Next to Our Propagation Beds where they get watered throughout the day automatically.
That really gives them a huge advantage to stay healthy.
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