{GROW} Cheese plant SOS

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So I'd been hunting for a cheese plant for quite a while, when my good pal Rachel mentioned she'd seen some at her local garden centre. Obviously, I dropped everything I was doing, as any sane person would and took myself over there immediately to check it out. 

Bingo! A big cheesey all for me, and for five tiny English pounds! I have to say I may have been slightly blindsided by the thrill of finding this monstera that it wasn't till I arrived home I realised it maybe wasn't in the best condition ever. 

Some of the leaves were pretty yellow, and were starting to brown {aka die} and the whole plant was very *very* pot bound {FYI ~ the roots look like egg noodles & they totally freak me out}. In my worried state I decided to take a cutting just in case the main plant didn't survive. I had to google how to do this but that wasn't much help, so I kind of just winged it and hoped for the best!

It's now a few months later, and the cutting {or to use it's botanical name, Babybel} is thriving, but the main plant is, umm. Well, it's growing but it's looking a little sad. So today I decided to put it out of it's misery and completely cut it back ... & I thought I'd share my process 'cause I'm nice like that.

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So the way this plant grows makes it quite easy to see where to cut. Each new leaf grows from the one before, so track the segment back down to it's base, either where it meets the soil or close to the lowest stem. Ideally, you should try to make sure your cuttings have at least two leaves and a root {I'll come back to this later}.

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Grab a super sharp knife, and slice off your new Babybel. Don't be afraid to be heavy handed here. 
Obviously if you just wanted to take one cutting for a friend of whatevs, you would stop here. I kept slicing til I was left with 6 new plants and a *solid* ball of creepy noodley roots, eap!

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All that's left to do for the time being is to stand your Babybel in a vessel of water {I chose a very fancy empty lemonade bottle, of which I had chopped the top off}. Over the course of the next 2-3 weeks you'll need to make sure this water is kept topped up and fairly clean, and soon enough you should see some new roots sprouting out all over the place. 
During this time the bottom leaf from your cutting will likely turn yellow and die, don't ask me why. But this is the reason I mentioned you should make sure your cutting has at least two leaves. If it has a few roots to begin with it'll be extra happy, if not it might just take a little longer to root out of the stem. No biggie. 

When your little baby has sprouted a good amount of roots, all that's left to do is to pop it in a pretty pot with some soil.

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Harriet Gray{GROW}