Decorated Potted Plant Gift

Plant cuttings that are potted as gifts in decorated pots will be appreciated by family and friends—a beautifully scented rose, philadelphus shrub or a harvest of sweet succulent red currants provides years of enjoyment and pleasure.

Homemade Christmas Gifts a Cut Above

Homemade Christmas Gifts a Cut Above

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Greener

Materials Needed:

  • selection of shrubs (rose, red currant, azalea, blackcurrant and philadelphus)
  • garden shears
  • some broken pottery or pebbles
  • organic, peat-free, multipurpose compost
  • selection of pots (terracotta, wicker and coconut matting are all suitable)
  • pot tags labeled with the name of the plant and with instructions to plant the cuttings after Christmas, then dig up the established seedlings the following winter and replant them separately

Step 1

Cut approximately 10 long stems from each selected plant, about 8 to 12 inches in length. Cut just above a bud on the parent plant.

Sharp Shears for Cuttings

Sharp Shears for Cuttings

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

Arrange in separate piles and select the healthiest-looking stems. Remove the top 2 inches of softer growth at the tips of the stem.

Gathering Cuttings from the Garden

Gathering Cuttings from the Garden

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Cut each stem into 3 or 4 at an angle to enhance growth. Trim the base of the cutting just below a bud and the top just above a bud.

Trimming a Stem

Trimming a Stem

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4

Plant the 3 cuttings in one pot in case any fail to thrive. Fill the pot base with broken pottery, add compost, insert the cuttings and add a tag.

Plant Cuttings in Groups of Three

Plant Cuttings in Groups of Three

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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