Are you sick of growing the same flowers in your garden every year? Maybe your freezer is overflowing with severed limbs and you need to free up some space but you don’t want any of your precious cuttings to go to waste. Whatever your problem, if you want to turn your stash of severed limbs into plants that make your garden stand out from all the others, we will help you do so with blooming success.
First thing first: Materials
- 2 x sharp shears
- Frozen severed limbs, but nothing too big; this article is about flowers, not trees.
- 2-3 seeds per body part
- A shovel if you’re growing in the ground, or a pot that’s large enough to accommodate your severed limbs
- Well-draining soil
Next up: Preparation
Assuming you’ve already severed all the limbs you’ll need, the process of propagating body parts is super quick and easy.
The first thing you need to decide is the type of flower you want to combine with your severed limb. Roses are a great option because you can sow the seeds year round, but you can do this with pretty much any type of perennial.
When you select the limbs you want to use, keep in mind that it’s really helpful to have some bone tissue protruding from it.
NOTE: ONLY DO THIS IF THERE IS NO RAIN IN THE FORECAST FOR THE NEXT 48 HOURS!! Otherwise, you will have to deal with looooooads of decaying flesh! Who wants that!?
The Propagation Process
Step 1: Prepare Limbs
Take the severed limbs out of the freezer. If you’re using fingers or toes, I definitely recommend painting the nails in a shade that complements the color of the flower you’re planting it with. When I plant my toe roses, I like to give the toes a nice French-style pedicure because it looks really nice and clean.
Step 2: Prepare Soil
If you’re growing in the ground, use your shovel dig a hole for each of the body parts while you wait for them to thaw. The holes should be just deep enough to accommodate the limbs.
If you are using a planter, fill it with fast-draining soil while you wait for the limbs to thaw; use one part potting soil, one part perlite.
Step 3: Put the Seed in the Limb
When your limbs are about 20% thawed out, stick a seed right up the center of the bone, about 2 centimeters deep.
Step 4: Sow the Limb with Seed
Stuff it in the ground or in your pot, and sprinkle some soil on it.
Step 5: Wait & Water
Wait a day or two to water it.
In a few weeks, you will have the most gorgeous and coveted garden on the block! You’re welcome!