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