I was taking cuttings this morning from my coleus and had a thought, I was wondering if anyone has tried to root cuttings in the polymer crystals that you put in pots to help keep them from drying out. I have placed a few cuttings in the crystals and will be watching them closely.
Just FYI, I tried this I had some cuttings that I had placed in potting soil and about 20 that I placed in the crystals soaked with water. After 12 hours the cuttings in the crystals were wilting and falling over, the cuttings placed in potting soil had wilted some but not as much. I quickly placed cutting from crytals into a bucket of water and planted them the next day.I might have not had enough water on crytals as they seemed to be taking the water from the cuttings. If I try again I think I will use less of the crystals and more water.
ge, when I looked at cuttings the next morning they were wilted alot. I kinda panicked and threw them in water and then transplanted in potting mix later. I really think, looking back I might no have had enough water on the crystals. I am going to try again and use just a few and I am going to soak crystals overnight so they are as plump as can be. I think they might have been taking water from cuttings..
Please, pirl if you try this can you let me know how it turned out.
not good for long term use... some of these did not make it into soil last year ... from my NC farms order... it was good for keeping them up right and hydrated for a few days.. you would have to keep adding water every day or so when the little that didn't get soaked up evaporated .. some did sprout roots though.. the moisture from the crystals was not enough or can't get packed tight enough around the stems and most of them died
Michele and I more or less split the order... and I gave some away Holly's swap and to the NJ crew when we met up at fairweather... it took me two trips to deliver hers in my truck.. I wouldn't do the petunias again or the calibrachoa.. they didn't turn out so good.. but I can say the whole thing was worth doing even though I was crippled for a few days.. my back was messed up after doing all that
I "only" did the 187 Dale sent and thought my back would break! Had to do them all again when they got too big for the cell packs. I think that's my limit for new cuttings but I did do all of my own as well (and didn't count).
I guess that sounds like it would work better.. but at that point.. just stick it in water .. just seems like a lot of extra steps.. cut a piece stick it in some sort of medium and it grows .. I don't want too much fussing .. but that's just me
it might go better because I am sure you are using a larger cutting than I received from NC farms... the ones I had in the pan were hard to keep from falling in if I added water.. sometimes they just got sucked under and I had to pull them back up.. but good to hear they are doing well
My two eggs ( I know that not the right name) that my girlfriend and I foolishly left out in the cold has started to root in the water. They didn`t grow in the small jiffy pot despite the grow lights and bottom heat.
The roots are about 1/2 inch long . I am thinking are the polymer crystals myself.
Don`t laugh. I never started coleus in water before. Is it an easy transition when the roots are big enough to put them in dirt ? Or should I buy the crystals ?
I don`t know , I am new to this. I am in zone 10 . All we normally do is take cuttings ,strip the leaves and stick them in a pot in the shade and they grow.
But this plant was forgotten and left out in the cold. Even the root ball isn`t showing signs of life. And to make it bad , my girlfriend and I have never seen it offered on the web. Now it may be because we grow it in stronger light than the ones pictured by the sellers.
And It was a hand me down and she doesn't remember who she got it from.
I know I have seen pictures in decorating mags with bottles on shelves growing coleuses. I would like to be able to post a picture and have one of you guys ID it for me.
I've always been led to believe water roots are not the same as the roots they develop in soil but I don't know the technical/botanical differences. The cuttings I took in a mad rush and put in water did not perform as well as the stripped cuttings, leaving only two top leaves, and put directly into planting mix, never garden soil.
Hello All! I am brand new to Dave's, and I am so impressed with everyone's coleus! I was sad I just missed the special deal from RD.
It is my understanding water roots ARE quite different from soil roots. I start mine in water and quick put them in soil when I see a little root growth or just in soil. (depending how lazy I am) However I don't have the vast amount of cuttings you guys exhibit! I don't know what kinds of roots the gel produces. I have seen a "gel" cutting starter at stores- never tried it.
I would say it's about the same time... but I prefer rooting in soil.. when I am lazy I use water.. some of my fall cuttings are still in water and I just take new cuttings off those.. not for keeping... they are a good back up for when I forget to water the stuff and don't loose everything
Sometimes coleus root quickly, as fast as overnight for me, and sometimes days or a week or two, and sometimes they just say no. lol.
But it's the vigor, and strength of the cutting, also. A cutting from a struggling, dying plant couldn't have the life in it as a cutting from a happy, early summer plant, hey?
And then there's the "Luck" I have with Swiss Sunshine. I've tried to see how small a cutting will root, I got down to bits that fit on top of a quarter. I just didn't have the appetite to try to nickel and dime them. Some coleus varieties are simply more vigorous than others. I'm finding Sedona to be very fickle.
Perhaps to feed a mother plant a few days before taking cuttings? Go off into the World on a full stomach?
There are two cuttings with the tiniest of roots - about the size of a dash " - " so it may be time to pot them up but I just don't have the patience for potting up another 100 cuttings between the ones in the crystals and 70 more I took yesterday, nor do I have room for them.
The last few months of caring for all the potted cuttings have taught me that the wimpy ones must depart. The strong ones are the ones I like.
I'm certain Electric Lime has built-in steroids. It just doesn't quit.
I have a question. I have noticed that sometimes I can take cuttings and they are off to the races really quickly and other times I have taken cuttings that just set and do nothing. They do nothing for ages just sit there like bumpkins. What is up with that.? shirleyt
After over-wintering about 100 coleus and trying all sorts of rooting techniques I find the best rooting medium to be ... ugly pearlite...it retains the moisture but is dry enough to keep them from rotting and damping off and works about 99 percent of the time. I have used the polymer crystals and some thrive in it but most just rot .My potting medium I make myself I use 3 parts coir (coconut fiber), 1 part pearlite and a pinch of crystals and my coleus love it.
Coir is clean and light and very absorbant , great for bottom watering. I will never use peat ,once it dries it is almost impossible to re-wet and the fungus gnats love it . I have lost so many plants when I used peat products esp . peat pots.
when I put gels in the cuttings... they are at the very bottom of the cell... just a couple though.. more or less there for later on use... I see them there... just like being bottom watered.. then I add the medium on top.. mine are all in coir & perlite .. but mostly coir.. no gnats this year!!!