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Oomph! Nature Series: Taking Cuttings

By March 25, 2020No Comments

During unprecedented times and at a time when the care sector is being affected enormously by the current Coronavirus situation, resident wellbeing is even more important than ever.  As part of this Oomph! are keen to support care homes with stimulating and varied content for resident engagement. We will be releasing resources based on our Oomph! skills workshops, starting with a digital Oomph! Nature mini-series. These resources, and more, will be uploaded to our Wellbeing Resources Hub.

The second topic in our Nature mini-series is: Cuttings.

Seeds aren’t the only way to grow plants. Basic propagation methods, such as cuttings, work well for most. Cuttings are bits of plants that are chopped off, then rooted in a growing medium (such as potting mix).

1. Source and cut.

  • Get a bag of mint, or a mint plant, from a supermarket.
  • Take individual stems of mint, and strip lower leaves off, leaving the top 3-4 leaves on the stem.
  • Cut across the bottom of the stem (just below where a leaf was attached to the stem)
  • Place cut stems in glass or vase of water –ensuring the top leaves are above the waterline

2. Water and pot.

  • Change water once per week and leave in a sunny place
  • Once the mint stems have developed roots (this will take a couple of weeks), put in a pot and the add a bagged and sterilised general potting compost.

This activity can be done with many herbs and could support residents to develop their own indoor herb garden, leading to a great sense of achievement.

Adaptations.

Break the activity down to the senses to ensure that it is inclusive to all…

  • Smell – smell the different herbs to encourage and evoke memories. Herb bags could be created to support this.
  • Taste – taste the herbs with different foods, for example add to butter or sprinkle on chips.
  • Visual – create a herb tree in the garden focusing on different shapes.
  • Touch – wrap & tie the herbs in string to support residents to hold and touch.

You can download the PDF of this resource here.

You can view all of our Oomph! Skills Workshops bitesize resources here.