Jatropha

Cave Creek, AZ

Has anyone ever tried to root jatropha cuttings and been successful?
Mickey

Clermont, FL(Zone 9a)

Yes. Roots very easily. I use Root Tone (a hormone) in the hole and just stick a cutting in.

High Springs, FL(Zone 8b)

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.

Cave Creek, AZ

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

Regards,
Mickey

High Springs, FL(Zone 8b)

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):



This message was edited Jun 29, 2012 3:35 PM

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Clermont, FL(Zone 9a)

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

Clermont, FL(Zone 9a)

Heres my jatropha.

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Okeechobee, FL(Zone 10a)

Oh, I have one of those down at Okee.
Sidney

Clermont, FL(Zone 9a)

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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