A GARDENING GUIDE FOR HOME AND TERRACE
<== STARTERS - SOURCES FOR PLANTS ==>
In addition to purchasing plants, you can use existing plants (your own, or those of fellow gardeners) to grow new plants via propagations, or grow plants from seeds or from bulbs.
- Farmers Market
- Plant Stores
New Plants from Old - stem and leaf cuttings. You can split pot-bound plants, put cut stems first in water to root and then in soil (philodendron); put cut leaf stems first in water or wet soil (begonia, jade plant, African violets). See Propagation Fact Sheet for details.
A Miniature Greenhouse - Cuttings in a container covered with plastic will root and develop into plants for home and terrace.
Bulbs - Tuck them into soil in the Fall for Spring blooms, in Spring for Summer flowers. Early bloomers come in many varieties and supply cutflowers for decorative vases.
Homemade - A new life for Avocado, Onions, Potatoes.
Seeds - Start from scratch: Vines, shrubs, flowers, vegetables and heirloom plants. Growing from seed takes time and space; but it can be satisfying to see your start-from-scratch garden grow. Sometimes the only way to own a rare plant is to acquire the seed. Moisten seeds, plant in healthy soil a few inches deep. Thin out first sprouts after leaves appear. Repot in small containers when several leaves have appeared.