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Phelan, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 9, 2011
10:03 PM

Post #8923460

This is my first EVER leaf to produce! And I've tried dozens and dozens, no exaggeration. None have survived. I'm so excited! I put so many leaves down that I didn't even bother to label any of them, figuring they'd all die as they have in the past, so I don't know what it is, but who cares? I sure hope it continues to grow for me. My sole survivor.


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Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

December 9, 2011
10:33 PM

Post #8923469

Congrats, Randi! Finally! :)

I had the same problem with Begonias until I figured out that I was making too much fuss instead of leaving the poor things alone... LOL
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

December 9, 2011
10:34 PM

Post #8923471

Oh, and do you recognize these cuttings? :)

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(Lynn) Omaha, NE
(Zone 5a)

December 10, 2011
12:30 PM

Post #8924073

Great job Randi...YAY!
Poughkeepsie, NY
(Zone 6a)

December 11, 2011
5:28 AM

Post #8924726

CONGRATS! Warning. you will now be HOOKED and start tons more! Don't fight the urge!
Phelan, CA
(Zone 8b)

December 11, 2011
7:03 PM

Post #8925590

Thanks everyone for the congrats! Olaf, GOOD GRIEF! Those cuttings are REALLY taking off! And I'm so glad to see some are showing the variegation. I was afraid they wouldn't, as the mother plant is losing more and more of her variegation. I haven't been pinching out the non variegated stems, so its mostly my fault! Can't wait until you have a big plant. By the looks of things, it'll be a very good size by next summer! So happy for you!

Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

December 12, 2011
7:27 AM

Post #8926036

Thanks Randi!

Loss of variegation can be caused by a number of things. A lot of times it's too little/too much light or too little/too much fertilizer or a fertilizer with too much Nitrogen.

The cuttings are still in Perlite/Vermiculite and aren't getting anything but an occasional 1/4 strength fertilizer solution and are domed and under lights.


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