Florida summers can be so hard on flowering plants. By mid-July, my tomato and cucumber plants are declining rapidly, succumbing to old age and oppressive humidity. Torenia continues to bloom heartily, even in North Florida’s hot and humid summers. It is easy to propagate too.
I am going to use the same technique that I have used on mint, basil, and tomato cuttings: rooting in water.
Cleanly remove some cuttings, them remove the leaves that will be below the water or soil line. Leaves submerged in the water will decompose. Yuck.
Soon you will see white roots begin to grow. Most likely the roots will first appear at the nodes, or places where the leaves or branches grew from the main stalk.
Once they have a good start on a root system, they can be planted in a pot of homemade compost or potting soil. There you are-new plant for free!
Baby the new plant for a few days, then you can put it in your garden.
For more tutorials on how to get free plants, you can read my Buy 2, Get 3 Free Tomato Plants post, or Have a Mint? Make Another Mint! You can also read about plant division in my post about sharing oregano with my brother.
Of course, a favorite money-saving post is How I Get Free Seeds.
Gardening is as expensive or as inexpensive as you make it.
What about you? Have you ever divided or rooted a plant before? Be careful, it can be addictive!
Be watching for an update on the monster tomato plant from the Florida raised bed garden and for pictures of some deadly pearly studs. Yes, some accessories can kill you! Any guesses about what the deadly pearly studs can be? Some of you may have seen them in your garden. Do you need another hint or can some of you gardeners already guess what they are?
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Thank you so much for sharing this. I love propagating new plants, but I’m still learning my way around my Florida landscape.
You’re welcome! Torenia are great, and another of my favorite flowers for summer is vinca. They bloom through the summer and often reseed.
I’m also loving vinca. It was an annual on Long Island, but in south Florida, it seems to be a perennial. By the way, when is it okay to start seeds for winter planting?
Crazy as it may seem, here in North Florida I can start some vegetables for my fall/winter garden in sweltering August and many in September too. If you want a list of some flowers to start by month, this site seemed to have good ideas for South Florida. Zone 10 is much different than my zone 8. For vegetables, a great resource is this site. You can also get great ideas for what will thrive in your area by walking around your neighborhood. Also, check out what the professional landscapers are planting. South Florida has so many fabulous plants, and I’m sure you will find many new favorites!
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