Cuttings Advice Please
Yviestevie Posts: 6,961
This is the first year that I have had a GH and I have taken some cuttings. At the moment I have pelargonium, lavender, penstemmon and coleus.I have put them on self watering trays but not sure if I am doing the right thing. I really am not sure how to water them over the winter and would be grateful for some advice.
Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
Cuttings only need light watering over winter Yvie, especially things like pelargoniums and lavender which like drier conditions anyway. Keep them on the dry side - it's a case of keeping an eye on them and just watering when they really need it.
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
You are doing the right thing with wateing from underneath, its better for it to be slightly dry than slightly wet through winter, i slso use a very gritty compost mix
In my experience self watering trays are great in the summer but leave compost too damp in the winter. I would remove the capillary matting if that's what it is. Pelargoniums ...keep dryish if you don't heat the greenhouse I think they do better indoors. Coleus... can take more moisture but are very tender and won't survive over winter in an unheated greenhouse. Penstemons...keep dryish but are tough. Lavender ...again keep dryish but don't need extra heat.
Thanks for all your help. Ill take them all off the self watering trays and keep them on the dryish side apart from the coleus. The penstemmon cuttings have definitely taken and are doing well, the rest are fairly recent so fingers crossed.
Bekkie the lavender is in terracotta pots but not sure that the compost is gritty enough. Oh well they either take or they don't.