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GreenEyedGuru
SF Bay Area, CA
(Zone 9b)

November 5, 2011
8:43 PM

Post #8878318

I divided an Slc. "Tutakamen" a few days ago and this piece popped off.. Is it salvageable or am I wasting my time? Any advice on getting it to grow roots?

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

November 19, 2011
6:45 PM

Post #8897780

Maybe. Are you asking how long until you have a blooming plant? How old are you? If the new lead grows roots it may bloom in three or five years. You can try setting it on sphagnum moss. Don't bury it or the plant will rot for sure. You can set it in a terracotta pot that has several inches of damp sphagnum at the bottom. Don't let the sphagnum dry out. You can put the pot in a tray that you add water to to keep the sphagnum barely moist.
GreenEyedGuru
SF Bay Area, CA
(Zone 9b)

November 19, 2011
8:54 PM

Post #8898018

I'm patient :) Thanks for the advice.
GreenEyedGuru
SF Bay Area, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 13, 2011
10:52 PM

Post #8928844

It's growing roots! They look really thin, though. Should I wait until they get long and then repot, or repot now?
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 14, 2011
11:16 AM

Post #8929423

Very good. The roots should be about an inch long before potting the plant. Down at the very base of the plant you might notice one or more flattened green buds. They are referred to as the growing "eyes". Those will stay semi-dormant until the time when the plant has enough roots to support new lead growth and then they will begin to grow. Individual growing season also plays a part as to when these eyes will commence growth. Be careful not to handle that area of the plant and especially careful not to bury it when you pot or the eyes will rot. You will need a very small pot for a year or two. No more than three inches. Use terracotta. It breathes better while the plant is establishing. Also, use a fine bark mix because the new leads will probably be smaller than the parent plant since what's left has limited stored energy.

You will probably find the plant does not want to stay upright in its pot because of the short roots and long top. Growers use metal anchors on larger plants but you can secure your plant with a piece of thin coated wire like cable or telephone wire. Cut around eight inches of wire and make a loop in the center of the wire and around the straight lead. Cut two chopsticks down to about four inches and shove the pointy ends into opposite sides of the pot being careful not to hit those new roots. Wrap the ends of the wire around each chopstick. Voila! Your set.
GreenEyedGuru
SF Bay Area, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 14, 2011
8:13 PM

Post #8930055

Ok, thanks for all the help!
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 15, 2011
3:08 PM

Post #8931024

You're welcome. Check back, okay?
GreenEyedGuru
SF Bay Area, CA
(Zone 9b)

December 15, 2011
10:29 PM

Post #8931608

OK will do. Here's a picture of the new roots. Is it OK to clean off all that rotting stuff?

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MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

December 16, 2011
11:46 AM

Post #8932130

Leave it alone. You can see new roots coming from the darkened area as well as above. You can also see the eye bud emerging. Disturb it as little as possible.
GreenEyedGuru
SF Bay Area, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 24, 2012
2:37 PM

Post #9217154

Minor success!

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OCCAROL
Santa Ana, CA
(Zone 10b)

July 24, 2012
4:17 PM

Post #9217286

I wouldn't call that minor! Congratulations!

breeindy

breeindy
north coast nsw
Australia

August 2, 2012
12:46 AM

Post #9226732

great going. Looking good.

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