Creating New Plants in the Greenhouse

Posted by F&S

We Frenchies were playing outside the other day and we got kind of cold so we decided to visit Ryan and Wilmer in the greenhouse.  As usual those guys were very busy working magic with plants.  We always learn so much from them.

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Well, well, well!  What have we here?  It looks like Ryan and Wilmer have been quite busy today.

1 Well, well, well! What have we here? It looks like Ryan and Wilmer have been quite busy today.

Wilmer, I see that you're filling growing trays with growing mix.

2 Wilmer, I see that you're filling growing trays with growing mix.

After filling, you're spreading the soil out smoothly, making sure all of the sections are filled nicely.

3 After filling, you're spreading the soil out smoothly, making sure all of the sections are filled nicely.

Ryan, I'm going to watch what you're doing.

4 Ryan, I'm going to watch what you're doing.

Using sharp clippers, you cut individual stems of dusty miller (Centaurea cineraria), from cuttings that you made pruning Martha's topiaries.

5 Using sharp clippers, you cut individual stems of dusty miller (Centaurea cineraria), from cuttings that you made pruning Martha's topiaries.

You have the Rooting Powder out, so that must mean that you're rooting those cuttings.  If I recall, rooting powder is a special hormone that helps cuttings to grow roots.

6 You have the Rooting Powder out, so that must mean that you're rooting those cuttings. If I recall, rooting powder is a special hormone that helps cuttings to grow roots.

And now you're dipping the cut ends in the rooting powder.

7 And now you're dipping the cut ends in the rooting powder.

You use a pencil point to make a hole in the moistened potting soil.

8 You use a pencil point to make a hole in the moistened potting soil.

And then you put the cuttings in the holes.  It's so simple!

9 And then you put the cuttings in the holes. It's so simple!

Ryan, when these cuttings grow roots, they'll be perfect container plants for all of the urns for here, Skylands, and East Hampton.  Nothing like free plant material!

10 Ryan, when these cuttings grow roots, they'll be perfect container plants for all of the urns for here, Skylands, and East Hampton. Nothing like free plant material!

Now you're doing the same thing with scented geraniums.

11 Now you're doing the same thing with scented geraniums.

Let me do some math - 6 X 12 = 72 - Wow!  And you're making several flats so that's a whole lot of new plants!

12 Let me do some math - 6 X 12 = 72 - Wow! And you're making several flats so that's a whole lot of new plants!

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  • Hi everyone,
    I will be back shortly but I just wanted to say Rebel little buddy, this is your day. We know your birthday is tomorrow but the DW won't be up tomorrow so my friend, surprise. This is Wish Rebel a Happy Birthday Wish day. Waa Huu. Happy Happy Birthday Rebel. I hope we surprised you. All the Glue Squad members got a memo about it except Mimi cause we wanted it to be a big surprise and we didn't want to take a chance that she might let it slip. I bet she will do something really special for you. You will have to let us know how you celebrate. Maybe she can make biscuits and give them to all the dogs around the world so they can help celebrate your birthday along with International Biscuit Day. Hehehehehehe
    Happy Birthday little buddy
    Love,
    Maddox and Karen too

  • Good Morning F & S

    Ryan sure saved Martha a lot of money! My mom should do that she spends a small fortune on plants every year. If she followed Ryan's instructions she'd have more cash for dog treats :)

    Now here is a BIG Birthday wish for REBEL!!! HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow, get lots of treats, chase some critters and get extra kisses from everyone. Maddox came up with the idea to surprise you today, did you know my mom is his assistant now? Yup she is :) Hey F & S if you want to give us your email address we can include you on our email list :)

    Friday - YAHOO!!!! And mom has no plans so lots of time with us kids. It's suppose to rain tomorrow so I'm sure she'll be spending lots of time in the kitchen and on the sofa watching golf. You know what that means I'll be right on her lap watching too :)

    Have a great weekend everyone!!!

    Zoe

  • Hello Girls & Glue Squad Buddies,
    First and foremost, HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY REBEL!!! I can see a party in the works. Bet Mimi is making biscuits and a cake and there are streamers and and and.....well, whatever Mimi and Papa do, have a great birthday. How old are you? I am just glad the mange is gone and your neck is better, so you can PARTY!!! Hugs from me and Mom too buddy.

    Now girls this is very clever to put the root stuff on the plants and make more plants. I have never seen your farm in the summer, so I am looking forward to all the tours. I have been enjoying the snow and having fun. Hoping we are getting more on Sunday. Oh, and I have been meaning to ask you Molly and Jake, when are your birthdays so I can put them in my party planner, and Baby Favor, when is your's? Well, have a GEM of a weekend everyone, and keep your paws crossed I win the prize for the Oscars.
    Love & licks,
    Ruby

  • Morning Girls & Glue Squad, Surprise...Rebel, wishing you a very Happy Birthday :) with lots of treats, gifts, kisses & hugs. Enjoy your special day tomorrow and we want to hear all about it next week. I will have to tell Mom that she can replant and root her dusty miller plants. She usually buys them to accent her other plants in the spring & summer. Well, we are due for another snowstorm this weekend, three weeks in a row, enough already, pleeeeze!!! Ruby, hope you are enjoying playing in the snow. Maddox, great idea in surprising Rebel today. Zoe, hope you are behaving, Hi Dudley Do Right, what's new with you? Abby & James Dean, what have you been up to? Hi to all my buddies and wishing everyone a great weekend. Hi Lynn, Delia, Gail, Sonya.

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Good morning everybody!
    First, I must say, what a surprise! Thank you so much for remembering my birthday. I am 11 years old already! No wonder I have a little artheritis in my neck....
    I need to check in later to see how Delia & Kittie are doing today. I think they got more snow than we did. We had 5 inches topped off with some ice. Our trees are real sparkley this morning.
    I'm not sure what's going to happen tomorrow. I'll let you know on Monday.
    In the past Mimi has turned the living room into a greenhouse, it made Papa sneeze too much, so he just has to deal with her spending lots of green on new plants every Spring although there is something growing in one of her pots that is in the garage for the winter.
    I do think there will be lots of lap time & watching golf on TV this weekend for sure with a fire in the fireplace, too.
    Thanks again everybody......
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hi,F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, WOW! Thanks you sweet girls for sharing this terrific information about how Ryan and Wilmer show you how to replant those lovely dusty miller and geranium plants with that Rooting Powder! Mom will need to get some to use, also! The two of you look so beautiful in these photos and Francesca, you look so much healthier! Hope you girls have a great weekend and say Hi to GK!!! Went with Mom and my uncle yesterday to go shopping at 6 places and didn't get back until late so missed reading yesterday's comments from you buddies so will read later! Happy Birthday tomorrow dear friend Rebel! Sure hope you have a great birthday and a great weekend, also! Will check back later to read more! Hope all of you buddies have a great weekend, also! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hi again,
    Girls, that looks like a lot of work to create new plants but I bet Martha will save lots of money by doing it that way. Smart move.
    Yes Zoe, your mom is now my assistant. I call her Amazing Assistant Ann. I interviewed many hopefuls but she was the most qualified, the most helpful and she is willing to work for biscuits. The only problem is that I put biscuits aside for her and then I stare at them and before you know it, they are gone. I don't know what happens to them. It is all very fuzzy in my head about where they went. So, I must apologize to you Zoe cause I think she was going to give the biscuits to you. If I ever find them my people will contact your people. Ok. Ok.
    Hey Glue Squad, where are you. I can't wait to see all the birthday wishes Rebel gets today.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hello Everyone:
    This is Riley and I am writing the comment today! My Mom loves the lesson from the greenhouse today, she would love to do this kind of work full time! F&S you are so lucky to be able to be in the greenhouse during this cold, cold weather.
    Well, now onto the birthday congratulations - Happy Birthday Rebel - we are all wishing you a great day, full of pizza and cake! Did I tell you I love food, any type of food, but especially pizza and cake! They call me a stomach on legs! So tomorrow all of us are going to the groomer - its time to get beautified up - Martha looks like a small bear she's got so much hair, and Lucy needs a clean up as well as she can't see anymore because her face is overgrown. I'm going for my first session cause I'm 6 months old and Mom says I'm a little stinky! I like baths at home, but we'll see how I make out at the groomers. I'll report back next week.
    Everyone else here is good, glad Miss Ruby girl is getting snow, although once again we are going to get her weather this weekend. Those Colorado lows seem to get us every time! Ah well, spring is coming soon, remember the groundhog didn't see his shadow! Rebel have a great day, everyone else be good (or bad)as the situation warrants. Love Riley, Martha and Lucy.

  • Hi Francesca, Sharkey, Ruby, REBEL, Zoe, Missy Chow, Minnow and all my glue squad friends-
    First of all Rebel, buddy, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! You look so handsome today, have a wonderful time this weekend and party hardy!!!!
    Francesca, I did not know frenchie girls do math, good job! I make Jimmy get out the calculator and do all my paper work. He likes to read all the time and is very erudite but then he is a persian cat.
    It is interesting to watch how the seedlings are prepared. I cannot wait to see the seeds planted - maybe next time.
    Missy Chow, get braced for more white stuff. Dudley, hugs to you. Ruby, zoom around in the white stuff and have fun! Maddox, hope you have a great time with all your dog buddies this weekend. Zoe, any t.p. oscar plans??? Wait until the oscars are on then run like wild all over with the t.p.!!!
    Mom has been working overnighters- taking care of a tiny puppy. Now its breakfast time!
    Rebel, we love you!
    Enjoy the weekend- Abby and James Dean, and Trace too

  • Thank you Maddox for being the great keeper of birthdays. You are a party planner extraordinare!!
    Love & licks,
    Ruby

  • F & S Thanks for sharing the fact that the Dusty Miller can be propagated with a cutting...something new I just learned.

    Last night we went to a dinner-theater saw a musical revue "Sizzlin' 60's" about 20 miles from here. We were lucky it started to snow just as we got home, it hasn't stopped ;-(
    I'm not feeling too good and can't sing a lick.....so here it goes...no howling please!

    :-) :-) HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY Dear REBEL ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you :-) :-)

    Rebel we are OK just a lot of snow again!! thanks for the thought...just want Spring to come...SOOOON!

    Hello to all and a Safe and Happy weekend to everyone!!!

    delia & Kitty =^, ,^=

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY REBEL!!! Hope tomorrow is full of doggy treats and playtime with your humans!

    Franny and Sharkey - We are telling our people about this. We agree with Ruby, if our human do this there is more money for special doggy treats!

    Molly and Jakey

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY REBEL!!! I’m a little late with my “check in” at the DW today. It’s been raining here and I have been trying to stay dry. Going out for my morning **** got me all wet. It may stop sometime today or tonight. It started about two this morning. I have to say one thing about the rain, it makes for a lot of sleep time. I don’t think that the idea behind “rooting” clippings is to save money for Martha. Two people doing the work cost something. I think it’s all about knowing that you will have good healthy plants. When you buy plants, you don’t know what you are getting; sometimes for years. Mommy bought three dwarf flowering pear trees one time. One was a dwarf, the other a regular pear tree and the third turned into a giant tree about twenty feet tall. You can’t always trust the label. Have a good weekend all.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Happy Birthday, my little buddy, Rebel..for your birthday in your honor I will bark at critters..even try to bite one and act naughty all day..you are only 11 once so live it up..love, Cora-Belle the cattle dog p.s. all you glue squaders have a good week-end!

  • Great job explaining this to us, Francesca and Sharkey!

  • Good morning,
    Just a quick note to say Have a Great Birthday today Rebel.
    11 years old. Wow. You look like a puppy. Did you get any work done? Liposuction, face lift, anything like that? Just kidding little buddy.
    Hehehehehehe
    Maddox

  • First of all Happy Birthday Rebel.
    Franny & Sharkey you two stole my heart long ago I love your adventures and hope both of you are doing well. It's almost spring and soon it will warm up a little for both of you.
    Lots of planting and activity at Martha's wekll isn't it always.
    Just popping in to say hello and check in on you gals.
    Take care all and hello to everyone at The Wag HA!.
    Pamfromcalif
    P.S It's been seven months since Mrs. Bosley Chow passed away I think of her so often.One day I will get another chow when the time is right I think the chow chow will find me and I'll just know it's time. My background on Twitter is GK and Franny hugging I love the photo and it's a nice way to great the day each day I sign in there.

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY REBEL BUDDY!!!!! :smile:

    Lots and lots of scritches and belly rubs for you on your most treasured day!!!!!

  • Hey Buddy REBEL hope you had a great day and a wonderful party. I am vrooming in the snow for you to celebrate. It is supposed to be the biggest snow in Colorado yet. Pam in California, it was so nice to hear from you. Mom says Warrior Prince Basil knew Mrs. Bosley Chow Chow well, and that they are both my guardian angels, along with Herman the Cat.
    Rebel, love ya buddy.
    Your pal,
    Ruby

  • Happy Happy Happy Birthday (a little late) Rebel!
    Sorry I am late to post, but Mom AND Dad are both working this week and in different places, which is sorta unusual. So things are a little chaotic at our house, and important things like friends' birthdays are in danger of being overlooked. Anyway, I hope you have/had a great one, depending on when you read this. 11 is a great age to be; at least I hope it is as I will be 11 in April. You'll have to let me know, Rebel!
    A bientot!!

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