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MickeyAz
Cave Creek, AZ

June 21, 2012
9:34 AM

Post #9174326

Has anyone ever tried to root jatropha cuttings and been successful?
Mickey
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 21, 2012
1:38 PM

Post #9174635

Yes. Roots very easily. I use Root Tone (a hormone) in the hole and just stick a cutting in.
Amaryllisgal
High Springs, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 22, 2012
9:10 AM

Post #9175824

It's my understanding that the Jatropha podagrica (Buddha Belly) won't develop the "belly" if grown from a cutting. Luckily they're very easy to start from seed.
MickeyAz
Cave Creek, AZ

June 28, 2012
8:31 PM

Post #9185625

Amaryllisgal, Hi what is a belly?
BonnieGarden,
What are you suing as a medium, regular potting soil or vermiculite?

Regards,
Mickey
Amaryllisgal
High Springs, FL
(Zone 8b)

June 29, 2012
1:34 PM

Post #9186502

Mickey, on this plant it's the bulbous shape of the lower trunk. Here's a photo I found online (you'll need to click on it to see the whole thing):



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BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 3, 2012
3:11 AM

Post #9190848

Mickey,
I make up my own potting soil as we have a huge pile of compost from having cows. I add peat moss, vermiculite or perlite, spagnum moss or whatever good stuff I have around.
BTW my jatropha doesn't look anything like Norma's pic. above. Guess its a different variety.
I'll try to take a pic. and send you.
Bonnie
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 3, 2012
3:31 PM

Post #9191735

Heres my jatropha.

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sugarweed
Jacksonville & Okeec, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 4, 2012
11:06 AM

Post #9192830

Oh, I have one of those down at Okee.
Sidney
BonnieGardens
Clermont, FL
(Zone 9a)

July 5, 2012
8:23 AM

Post #9193825

Mine used to be 8 or 9 feet high but one cold winter they froze back and are only about 4 feet now. The little balls they get on them are what they extract oil from.
Bonnie

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