This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
With this plant it is the very reverse. Many gardeners are at much pains to secure plants from cuttings, injuring the old plants in the first place in taking them off, and only succeeding, as a rule, in striking a small percentage of them. By far the best way is to sow in February or March, and afterwards pot off into 4 or 5 inch pots. Any number of plants can be raised quickly in this way; the trouble of wintering a stock is avoided, as better plants are secured for bedding, and seedlings make the finest growth. J. S.