Introduction

easy to propagate variegated coleus outdoors
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Hitting the garden center in March or April to buy plants in bulk for your containers, window boxes, and flower beds can take a toll on your wallet. So if you've got favorites such as coleus, geraniums, and impatiens still looking lush in your yard right now, and you live someplace with a real winter, think about propagating them before they wither away.

For a complete step-by-step on propagating from cuttings, read on.
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    Tools List

    • bypass pruners
      Pruners
    • scissors
      or Scissors
      (make sure they're clean and sharp)

    Shopping List

    1. Powdered or liquid rooting hormone

    2. Small pots or flats

    3. Sterile potting mix4. Plastic sheeting (½-mil)

    5. Potting soil