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How to propagate your plants

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By Debby Looney, gardening expert

It seems such a short time ago we were at the beginning of the summer, and here we are almost at the end again!

I say this most optimistically as it is a great time to take softwood cuttings and to propagate your own plants. Basal cuttings are the easiest type of cuttings to take, also, they root at almost a one hundred percent rate. Plants suitable for this type of propagation are mostly perennials. Shasta daisies, penstemon, aconitum, delphinium, campanula, geraniums – these are all excellent candidates.

The process is quite simple. Take a sharp, clean, knife or secateurs and cut a strong stem as close to the ground as possible. The closer to the root you can cut it, the better, as that is where you will have the highest concentration of growth hormones. Also, in a lot of cases you will notice little bumps on the stem. These are already the beginnings of new roots. Cut the top of the stem off to about 15cm, this prevents the plant putting its energy into the top growth.

Prepare a pot with a mixture of half sharp sand and half seed and cutting compost. Dip your cutting into a clean jar of rooting power and tap off the excess. While rooting powder is not essential it does make a difference to your success rate. Never dip your cutting directly into the container your powder comes in, as it can increase the risk of disease, and also leads to the product clumping. There is also a rooting gel available, however, I still think the powder is more reliable. It is a mix of growth hormone and an anti-fungal compound, which will both aid in the rooting of your cutting while at the same time preventing it from rotting.

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The next step is covering them with a clear cover, a bell cloche is ideal for pots, or alternatively a layer of clear plastic supported by some bamboo canes. If you are working on a small scale, a clear plastic bag tied around the pot will also suffice. It is important the plastic does not touch the leaves as this will lead to rotting, and that the pots are not placed in full sun, as this will lead to scorching. The covering creates a closed system where there is no need to open it up and water it, as the condensation runs back into the pot. It also controls the temperature and atmosphere. There is no need to put these cuttings into a warm place, a sheltered spot outside is fine. Ideally, do not touch them until you see new growth. What I sometimes do myself is put some slow release fertiliser in the lower half of the sand/compost mixture, so I can leave the plants until the following spring. Once the roots are formed, repot your plants into 10cm pots, and leave them to grow on until they are a size suitable for the garden.

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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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By Sean Moriarty

With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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Triple treat for car lovers this weekend

Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days. Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town. Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part […]

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Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town.

Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part while raising funds for the HOPE Foundation.

The cars will leave Kenmare at around 11.30am and will travel via Moll’s Gap to Killarney and onwards to Farranfore and Tralee.

“The cars will not be stopping in towns this year to avoid gatherings,” said an event spokesperson, but the Killarney Advertiser understands that the high-powered convoy will be stopping in Tralee for a lunch halt before making their way to Tarbert and the Shannon Ferry.

On Sunday, and as revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last week, the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will host its annual classic motorshow at the racecourse from 11am. This event will raise funds for St Francis’s Special School in Beaufort.

Cars n’Coffee Killarney will join the vintage club on Sunday. After a successful 2019 season at KC Print, Cars n’Coffee is looking for a new home in Killarney, and Sunday’s collaboration with the vintage club could pave the way for further events at the racecourse.

“Having events of this quality in Killarney shows that the town could soon become the car culture capital of Ireland,” said Cars n’Coffee organiser Ger Neeson.

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