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Can You Grow Nasturtiums from Cuttings?

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Can nasturtiums be grown from cuttings?

Nasturtiums are usually grown from seeds but can also be propagated from cuttings during the warm growing seasons, the best period being spring or late summer when weather is milder.

How to make a nasturtium cutting:

  1. Cut a piece around 10cm (4”) long, making the cut below a leaf. The reason we do this is because cuttings of all plants usually root at the leaf nodes, which are buds at the bases of the leaf stems.
  2. Strip off the leaves from the lower 2/3 of the cutting. If there are still to many leaves, cut each of the leaves in half to reduce water loss. The end or base of the cutting can be dipped in rooting hormone if desired, but this step is optional.
  3. Fill a plant pot with a potting mix, propagating medium, or coconut coir.
  4. Insert one-third to one-half of the length of the cutting into the propagating medium, and place the pot in a location that’s protected from wind and harsh sun.

In a few weeks, the cutting will grow new leaves, indicating the cutting has taken root.

For more information on propagating plants which don’t lose their leaves, see my article – Propagating Softwood Cuttings

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