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Each day glass should be reversed to prevent condensed moisture from dripping on to soil, and setting up decay. As soon as seedlings appear, however, paper covering must he removed and ventilation of receptacle begun. The glass covering should therefore be tilted slightly. This is conveniently done by means of plant label, and amount of air is increased in this way until covering can be removed altogether.
Pricking out seedlings
As soon as seedlings have developed their first true leaves they are pricked out ˝ inch apart in pots of fertile compost such as John Innes Potting Mixture No. 1, and immediately watered in. They are shaded from bright sunlight until they are established. This generally takes 7-14 days, after which they are given more light and air. The 'cuttings' are taken in usual way, by severing them just below a node (where a leaf is inserted in stem). They are then fixed in mouths of small-necked bottles where they remain suspended. The bottles are filled to within a fraction of an inch of top of necks with water, preferably rain water.
To prevent green scum (algae) forming in water, it is best to place a few small lumps of charcoal in it. If this operation is done in spring, bottles of 'cuttings' can be set on window-sill, and roots will form in a few weeks. Potting must be done immediately roots begin to form.
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