there are tons of uses for X-ACTO knives, and you can read some of them here. i love X-ACTO knives for making freezer paper stencils, and for cutting through cardboard. oh, and for cutting the strings off of my vacuum cleaner roller thingy.
i also used my knife to take some cuttings of my plants, prior to bringing them inside for the winter. here's what you need. X-ACTO knife, a vase of water, root stimulator, and a pot with potting soil.
look at my airplane plant! babies everywhere! too bad i don't need any, but i can give them away at thanksgiving, and i will pot up a nice big batch for my mother in law's birthday next week. anyways, before bringing this plant in for winter, i cut off all the shoots with my X-ACTO, dipped them in root stimulant, and potted them. i love to give away plants. they grow a history that way!
i got this creeping charlie from my old dentist's wife - i used to be his receptionist, and she gave me an enormous plant that had been in the window of an old building downtown forever. it was so big and heavy, they had it tied up to the wall! i got it home and it tried to commit suicide by jumping off onto it's head. but i gave it a haircut and potted all those cuttings to give to friends in town. last time i checked - it's been years - they were all still alive! and i still have the original.
ok, sorry for the long story. back to the cuttings!
**please try not to slice off your finger - i'm not responsible for injuries.**
find a nice spot and use your X-ACTO knife to just slice through the stem! the knife makes a clean quick cut.
depending on the type of plant, you will either stick the cutting in the vase of water, or dip the end in root stimulant and poke it into a hole in the soil.
one thing i do every year is buy a bright green sweet potato plant at the beginning of the season. then i take cuttings from it and keep them in a glass of water on the kitchen windowsill. they sprout quickly, which the kids enjoy, and it's easy to tuck them into my hanging baskets and pots on my patio. or give them away :)
this year i am trying to transplant cuttings i took off the sedum plant - not sure what variety it is, nothing fancy. it was one of the only things planted when we bought the house. i planted them, and we'll see in the spring if they make it!
i also used my knife to clean up the last of my zinnias. the kids helped pull the stalks, and i sliced the ends off using the X-ACTO. one last bouquet before the cold weather strikes, brr - we lit a fire last night!
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