Growing Houseplants on Your Own

Growing Houseplants on Your Own
by John Happyman

Using Levington seed compost, fill to within an inch or so of the top an ordinary flower pot, a seed pan or box and level the surface.

And finally there is the slightly more difficult and delicate method of increasing or resuscitating your plants by means of layering. Some layering can be carried out at soil level, again as one might do in the garden, and sometimes we use a process known as air layering, where by using various aids it is possible to root a new plant high on the stem of the old.

There are several ways we can grow our own plants and each method will be discussed separately. We can grow many of our plants from seed in exactly the same way that we grow plants for the garden.

Moisture will condense on the sides of the bag and if this is so profuse that it trickles clown the sides, then it should be cleared to avoid the risk of damping off. The easiest way of doing this is merely to unseal the bag, remove the pot, pan or box, turn the bag inside out and then replace as before. Because the seed compost is sterile you will know that when the seeds have started to germinate the little green specks that you will see will be your new plants.

Let them grow for a day or two and then make sure that they get plenty of light and a little ventilation. Open the neck of the bag for a little while each day, increasing the time as the seedlings grow.

Sometimes plants can be propagated by two or more means, in which case it is best to decide on the easiest or quickest method. One of the easiest is to divide plants at their roots, this making two or more from the original one, much as you would do with perennial plants growing in the garden border.

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