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Sale starts 30th April 2013 Our famous 96 Hour Cruise Sale is back! On selected MSC Mediterranean Cruises, you can save upto58%.Wehave cruisedepartures availableinSeptember, October and November 2013 hugely discounted. MSC Splendida cruises from Genoa, Marseille, Barcelona, Rome or Valencia cruises start from only $400.00 per person. MSC Orchestra cruises from Italy or France cruises start from $500.00 per person. Enjoy a 7 night cruise from Venice on MSC Armonia, MSC Divina or MSC Fantasia from only $460.00 per person. Mediterranean cruises or Northern European cruise start from $790.00 per person. 5313638AA Succulents so easy to reproduce By STEPHEN McCARTHY Easy-care: Succulents make fantastic patio plants. Photo: STEPHEN McCARTHY And grow great in pots AsasmallboyIwas fascinated how the small leaves of the succulent my mother called Jellybeans grew all by themselves when they fell off onto the bare soil. They propagate so easily so lots of people don't know the real identity of the succulents in their gardens as these have been passed down from friends, who in turn got them from other friends, with the names being lost en route. The plant my mother knew as Jellybeans was in fact a hybrid Sedum known as Sedum x rubrotinctum. Some succulents, like my mother's Jellybeans'', will grow from leaf cuttings but not all. Some species of the following genera, Echeveria. Gasteria, Kalanchoe, Sedum and Graptopetalum will grow easily by this method while other species will not, so some experimentation may be necessary. The fleshy leaves should be detached from the parent plant cleanly, making sure that the end attached to the parent is not torn and showing the inside flesh, otherwise they will rot and not take root. The end that was attached to the plant should be lightly and shallowly poked into a pot containing well- drained potting mix and watered. Leaves taken in the warmer months should form roots fairly quickly. Sometimes the stems of Aeonium and some other succulents will form aerial roots and these stems and their associated crown can be cut off cleanly from the parent plant and potted up. If the cut stem is lengthy some support in the form of a stake may be necessary until the plant is well anchored in its new position in the garden or pot. Cuttings are a useful way of propagating most plants and succulents are no exception, in fact they take root more easily than most other plants. Stem cuttings should be taken during warmer months as they root better in a temperature of above 20 degrees Celsius. Leaving the cuttings to dry out for some days is recommended to prevent the soft stems from rotting. Stem cuttings can be inserted in pots or directly into a garden bed and watered a couple of times until they are actively growing. Like the common native Hen and Chickens fern, Asplenium bulbiferum, some succulents such as Kalanchoe will produce small fully formed plantlets either on their flower heads or along the margins of the leaves. These drop off and take root under the parent plant or they can be gathered and planted elsewhere or set upright in potting mix in a container. Other succulents such as Agave, Aloe, Echeveria, and Sempervivum can be grown from offsets and suckers which form around the base of the plant. These often have already produced roots and can be planted out in the garden straight away. Agaves often produce suckers some way from the stem of the parent and these can be severed cleanly with a spade and the new plant complete with roots can be shifted. As with other types of vegetative succulent reproduction, this is best done in warmer months. Mat forming types can be dug up and the individual rooted stems can be separated to make scores of new plants. Sedum, Kalanchoe, Graptopetalum, Echeveria, and Crassula can be easily propagated by this method. Of course succulents can be grown from seed. This may be the only way to increase those which don't sucker or produce offsets. Most succulent seed is quite fine and should be sown on top of a tray of sterilised seed raising mix. Sterilising can be accomplished in small batches by putting the seed raising mix in a pyrex casserole on high in the microwave for about 6-8 minutes. After sowing, lightly mist with water and cover with plastic supported by hoops of wire or thin strips of bamboo. Mist every few days until seedlings germinate. This may be as short as a few days or as long as a month. Once germination is complete give the seedlings more air by removing or opening the plastic gradually. This will harden off the small plants by reducing humidity. When the seedlings are large enough to handle they can be gently pricked out, taking care not to bruise leaves or damage roots too much. Pot the seedlings either individually or in a large pot containing a combination of sand, gravel, bark or pumice to which has been added a little slow release fertiliser. Keep the seedlings in a light open place such as a porch, taking care to not overwater them. They will not need repotting until large enough to plant outside and the time this takes will alter with the different types of succulent. Growing succulents is a good way to introduce children to the delights of gardening as they will have a very high success rate, enthusing them to try even more. I recommend Yvonne Cave's excellent book Succulents for the Contemporary Garden Random House Publishing 2002.
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