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Tropical Zone Gardening: Blue boy (Thunbergia battiscombei) cuttings

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Beach_Barbie
Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

December 11, 2009
9:16 PM

Post #7359634

I cut back my Blue Boy vine earlier today. As expected, I found some stems that had rooted. Since it appears that they root easily, I started some more in potting mix.
My question is: Are there specific requirements for them to root? Such as temp, humidity, etc? I have them in my greenhouse which shouldn't get much below 50F. I can bring them inside, but would rather not.
If this works, I'll have plenty to trade!
Thanks,
Barb
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

December 11, 2009
10:42 PM

Post #7359871

Barb, I am in zone 8b/9a and mine is perennial here - why not just stick them in the loose sand/soil at the base of the mother plant and let mother nature root them for you - then you can trade them, in the spring, as fully-rooted plants. I would cover them with a flower pot during the cooler weather we are having right now. I would make a note to check the moisture around the cuttings about once a week.
Beach_Barbie
Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

December 12, 2009
2:08 AM

Post #7360454

Good idea. That would save room in my greenhouse also...
Barb
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

December 12, 2009
1:24 PM

Post #7361266

Barb, keep us posted on how they do.
Beach_Barbie
Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

December 12, 2009
2:43 PM

Post #7361398

I will.
It did get down to freezing last night, so I need to go out and see how the parent plant is doing. I'm going to wait though - it's still only 37F...
Barb
Beach_Barbie
Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

April 11, 2010
5:09 PM

Post #7697857

Well, I didn't successfully overwinter the rooted cutting...BUT...the parent came back! I have it next to a banana plant, that I covered with pinestraw. Banana didn't make it, but there is several new sprouts coming up from the vine! Yes!
Very happy.
Barb
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

April 11, 2010
5:31 PM

Post #7697906

Wonderful! Mine is about a foot high right now and branching, PLUS, it's putting out runners.
creekflowers

June 3, 2010
11:29 PM

Post #7857425

anyone successful removing black spot from roses-zone9-5 miles from the gulf
KayJones
Panama City Beach, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 4, 2010
4:28 AM

Post #7857621

Nope! I have several rose plants and they constantly suffer from black spot, even though I treat them with various concoctions - the humidity is just too much for them.
Beach_Barbie
Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

June 8, 2010
6:17 PM

Post #7871036

Yep, roses like it around here, but they will get black spot. it can be controlled, but not eliminated.

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