Last week I got a comment on one of my Facebook posts from my mother in law (Thank you, BTW!) that poked me into action about a post that I really should already have made, especially as I live for free stuff.
‘Tis Autumn… ‘Tis the season for free plants!
It’s at this time of year that you can split many of your perennial plants, harvest seeds and the last chance to take soft cuttings from annuals.
On taking cuttings, yesterday I took cuttings from several Geraniums that I took from work after digging out the summer bedding to prep for the winter bedding arriving in a couple of weeks.
This is a LINK for a vid on how to take Geranium cuttings. This one is mainly for spring cuttings but it will work for late cuttings too… Be aware that you won’t get quite the same results because we are doing it so late!
I also took a couple of smaller geraniums that didn’t do very well this year. They were generally in good health, they just didn’t do anything. Now normally small plants like this would just get dumped. But I just wanted to prove that sometimes you really can keep hold of them. Sometimes you get specimens that you normally can’t get hold of very easily. They may have obscure colours or shapes or… Well… You get the idea. You can keep those plants and bring them on again next year, but now is your last chance to get them lifted and into a better climate indoors. If the frosts hit them they are done.
But now is also the time to lift and divide many perennials. I haven’t got any perennials that I want to split this year, which is typical seeing as I now have a blog where I could do with getting pics! *le Sigh* B-)
Splitting perennials is actually quite easy for most plants. Very simply, either get two forks push them into the centre of the plants and pull them apart or get a spade and cut them up.
This is a LINK to a BBC Gardeners world vid on dividing herbaceous perennials. Check it out. The only thing you need to know is when the plant flowers, this will denote when you should split them, spring or autumn.
The other thing we can do now to get free stuff is to harvest seeds. The above image is me harvesting Teasal seeds from a plants in one of our parks. These seeds were scattered immediately into the bed where we wanted them to grow, but you can harvest *some* for yourself.
I’m also going to reiterate something I have said a few times on this blog. Please don’t damage the plants if you can avoid it and don’t take ALL the seeds from a plant, leave some for the wildlife, seeds are a very necessary food source for many animals. While I am happy to get free stuff, I don’t like the idea of hurting nature to get it.