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Indoor Gardening and Houseplants: Ficus Triangularis Variegata

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gasrocks
Portage, WI
(Zone 5a)

August 12, 2011
12:24 PM

Post #8752384

Do stem cuttings work? What is best time of the year for this? I have 3 small ones outside for the summer and they are doing well now. People ask me for one.

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tapla
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

August 13, 2011
3:22 PM

Post #8754283

Use a pencil-thick internodal cutting taken from just below a node with a SHARP cutting tool. If your tool isn't sharp, it reduces your chance for success markedly. You can take the cutting long, and then clean it up with a straight-edge razor blade, but sharp is important.

Insert the cutting into a VERY well drained medium. I use bonsai soil that has all fines screened out.

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tapla
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

August 13, 2011
3:25 PM

Post #8754287

You can use perlite screened through a regular size kitchen strainer and rinsed as a medium. Notice the wick in this one, also a Ficus cutting that has struck. It's in a large prescription bottle.

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tapla
Bay City, MI
(Zone 6a)

August 13, 2011
3:29 PM

Post #8754299

Make your own greenhouse. This one has very dwarf hemlock cuttings cooking in it now. After the cuttings strike, remove the cap & wait a few days, then uncover the cutting entirely. Limit the number of leaves on the cutting to 3 or 4, or cut leaves in half across the veins. Yogurt cups work very well, too. Full, but open shade is best. Rooting hormone unnecessary.

Questions?

Al

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gasrocks
Portage, WI
(Zone 5a)

August 16, 2011
8:11 PM

Post #8760499

Typical Dave's Garden - you either get no response or some vague answer with lack of details that really help. (Tounge in Cheek.)

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