I need a little help for all of you folks who have the brug expertise. I have ordered several brug cuttings.they will arrive unrooted, next week and I need advise on rooting them.I really, really don't want to loose them...here is what I ordered:
B x candida'Double White'
B. versicolor 'Peach"
B. versicolor'Giant White'
I also ordered cuttings of a few lochromas which I am told are near relatives of brugs:
please, please, any help is greatly appreciated and may i please be included in the trade lists for the fall.
Thanks so much
Sandy...I"M JUST SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!
Sandy, wow!!! you have the disease like me, and got some good ones!!! i have killed a few cuttings, am sorry to say, so i won't tell you all the things i have done. the easy ones i put in water and they just make roots and then i put them in soil. i have one cutting i have moved 4 times, is now 1 1/2 inches tall.
congrats on the new babies.
MY-OH-MY! Nice list! Who did you order from? Do you feel like I do? - since I started with these Brugs I feel like they're in trust. Just lost one I got in a trade and felt like I'd let down the side.
Most of the brugs you mentioned should root very easily in water. I've found that they need to be in a warm location, and changing the water daily helps. I've had really rotten luck, more than once, with rooting the double white. I'd recommend a very porous free draining soil with lots of sand/perlite mixed in and again, a warm location. The double white seems to always rot before I get roots! None of the others have ever done that, except for peaches and cream...I've received so many cuttings of that one...and they always die...so I am in the process of purchasing a rooted plant of both P&C and Double White. Sorry, can't help with the Iochromas! Good luck to ya!
To the best of my knowledge yes you can take cuttings from the lochomas( but I am not close to xpert).In fact, I am a novice i have to check with the my source for the brugs before i share that information as to where I got them. i think that from all of your help, I will try to root some in water and some in a very light soil mixture.
Thank you very much for the help.
and you know I'll give you a stem too Jim!!!! But what I have now really isn't ready to cut anything. I have 3 babies that are about 10-12", one that has no branching that I can't get a cutting from yet, and stems that have no root. Patience is a virtue!!!
Thanks K'ht' ...I was tryimg to get some stock started in the greenhouse and I unfortunately get very impatient. So far(cross your fingers), I am having pretty good luck with these. the woody stems seem to be doing better than the green ones. Is this normal??
Woody stems are easy for many people Sandy. With some hybrids its about the only way I have ever got one to root. The trick with green cuttings is to remove each and every leaf and bury them a bit deep. Only water when they are wilting and keep cool and out of direct sun. Green cuttings are much more prone to rot when started in water so for ease of growth I plant most of my cuttings in peat,shredded pine bark, coconut husk shredds, and perlite. If I don't have enough time to plant them all I toss them in a jug of water where I often times forget them and they do eventually form roots in water or rot. Of course, for the gardener with even less time, simply place 10-20 cuttings in a pot and fill it with soil. Those that root can be seperated later. Ahh, and don't throw away those green cuttings as I have gotten completly green and very tiny pieces of double candida species to root in soil. If nothing else its a learning experience. I must have killed hundreds of Brugmansia trying to learn how to root cuttings till I figured out that each hybrid is different and what works for one so easily will kill another. Soil rooting seems to be the easiest most sure fire method. Soaking the cuttings in water just long enough to perk them up before planting.
The easiest method that I've found for starting brugs, woody or green, even x knightii, is in a homemade hydroponic tray. Take a rubbermaid 10US gallon storage box, cut 12 2" wholes for the baskets, (you will need a drill attachment), use an old aquarium heater or waterbed heater(underneath) and an aquarium filter. Put rockwool in the baskets, dip cuttings in hormone and bingo. Works like a charm and costs about $20 to make if you can find the heater/filters cheap. Hope this makes sense.
Just wanted to note that thanks to everyone's advice, most of what i put in water is showing signs of roots. the things in soil, I , of course can't tell yet. Sadly, I put more in soil, than I left in water.
Judith, I think she wrote Lochroma not Iochroma. I have the Thompson + Morgan catalogue in front of me and it says Acnistus australe (syn. Lochroma australe).Sent a couple out this week and still have more so hope you're not going to prove me wrong
A friend of mine started a nursery and called up wanting seeds so it looks as if I might have found a home for a few hundred seeds for them to start. Always best when you can send a whole seed pod or at the very least a half a seed pod. I would rather send out 200 seeds then 10 seeds, but only if I knew all 200 would be germinated. I love seeing new hybrid creations and I don't mind others growing my hybrid seeds, I just don't trade my best hybrids that I personally raise up. Ahh, not to mention cuttings of plants in my field as so many of you were worried about the roundup on my plants. So far I have only chopped down 2 of my brugamsia by the way. I don't kill them all at once, I chop them down and let the others continue to grow until all of them have flowered, then I uproot the ones I like and roundup the stumps that are left. Of course I must confess I am buisy pollinating right now and not worrying about cutting down trees at this point. I do have one monstrosely tall fast growing Brugmansia out of the batch. It outgrew the other Brugmansia by 5ft even though I stripped it off all of its leaves twice so far.
To the best of my knowledge these are Lychroma, and can easily be confused when typing because of the similariety between the capital i and the lower case L...When I got the original cuttings I thought i was getting Lychromas, however..now i will check.
I will find out shortly as i emailed where they came from...now I am confused but I did think it LOCHROMAS????
BTW..as soon as my cuttings are showing signs of root, I am putting them in soil with rotone and using a light soil mixture. They all look good so far. Thanks for the help and I'm off to check the little darlins'
Sandy, my google showed 25 for lochroma and 786 for iochroma. whatever they are, they are very pretty. almost bought one a few weeks ago in purple. they had it labeled iochroma. was looking at pics of a midnight blue one, looks prettier than the purple i saw.
The person i got them from has sent me two emails after my query and spelled them differently each time. I will wait until they bloom to bew 100% sure... better safe than sorry..that is ..if my cuttings make it
K'ht'..I'm going crazy trying to figure this thing out between you and Holly. The two of you are such dears..I'm going to have to turn over my first born(and he's already housebroke)Sandy
Time for my two cents' worth again---the thing I'm talking about is iochroma, and Liz, I was wrong---it IS given as a synonym for Acnistus. Previously, the only Acnistus I'd seen was A. australe, which does look similar, but NOT the same as the iochromas I found on the web. The A.australe I saw had a more widely flared mouth than the iochromas, and a shorter flower. The leaves really didn't look quite the same either. I'd be willing to bet it's like the brug/datura thing---they used to all be classified as the same genus, but now they're not. And taxonomists WILL keep changing the names on me as fast as I learn them! The way I see it, if we each had at least one OF each...