Growing your own plants is an inexpensive way to build up your own garden; it is also relatively fast and doesn’t require a lot of “know-how”.

Start seeds in a well-drained, sterile mix. Water in moderation but do not allow the seedlings to dry out. Seeds cannot germinate until moisture has penetrated the hard seed coat.

Seeds grown in normal soil have a low survival rate; this is because garden soil can contain harmful bugs or fungi. Normal soil also has large particles, which allows the roots to develop easier, which will provide stronger growth.  As such it is usually best to start seedlings in an artificial mix, which is free from harmful organisms and is screened to ensure consistent soil particle size.

For optimum results, use a blend such as Richgro Expert Gardener Seed and Cutting Mix, which was specifically designed to ensure that your seeds and cuttings get the best possible chance at becoming strong healthy plants.

1. Use good propagating materials

The right propagation mix is crucial when planting from seeds and cuttings.

The right material will ensure good root growth and will provide your plants with the right conditions for ongoing health. A mix like Richgro Expert Gardener Seed and Cutting mix is ideal.

2. Avoid diseases

To avoid the incidence of diseases in propagating, a good fresh clean seed or cutting and quality products are essential.

Be particular about the medium in which the seeds will be germinated or cuttings will be grown. This together with careful attention and a clean environment should ensure weed seeds, insects, or disease microorganisms are eliminated.

Note: There is no genetic diversity among plants propagated from cuttings, therefore whereby any desirable traits are luckily preserved; any faults such as susceptibility to disease are faithfully reproduced too. So be sure to take cuttings from strong healthy plants to give yourself the best chance of success.

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