KUSA - With the first frost looming, take cuttings of some of your patio plants. You may wish to save the "mother" plants as well, but it's possible to produce a whole crop of new free plants on the windowsill.
Use scissors or garden sheers to cut just below a leaf joint. That's where new roots will form. Make each cutting six or eight inches long. Strip off the bottom leaves and insert in glass jars filled with water. The cuttings will form new roots in as little as three weeks. When they've rooted well, pot them up in soil and grow them on during the winter on the windowsill or under fluorescent lights.
Plants that are easy to root this way include geraniums, coleus, blood leaf (Iresine), begonias and sweet potato vine. For best results, keep the cuttings pinched throughout the winter to keep them bushy. This means cutting them back by several inches whenever they start to get leggy and scraggly.
With little effort and no expense, you'll have fresh new plants for your patio pots next year.
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