I'm just curious, what are your Top 10 Easiest to Grow from Cuttings? I chopped up 6' of golden pothos a few weeks ago, and they are all nicely rooted now and starting their first new leaves. I also chopped up 6' of phylodentrum, and, though a quick grower, it is somewhat behind the golden pothos. My baby spider plants are taking over! I've done all sorts of ivy's in the past. Just curious what other "fool-proof" (read karla-proof) plants I could try? My cube at work is near a window and seems to be a good environment for rooting things...
Thanks. Looking forward to hearing your recomendations!
PS Put in your "favorite(s)" also, even if they aren't "easy" -- someday I might could call myself a real gardener & I might get arround to trying them out!
Wandering Jew, roots form over night for me
Pothos, In water they grow pretty quick a day or two to see roots
Angelwing Begonia,Grew very well in water and the roots were huge
Kalanchoe-Mother of thousands, never seen anything easier to root than that..lol
Hmmmmmm can't think of anything else at the moment
boy i feel terrible...i can not get my pothos to take in potting soil...a lady gave me 2 cuttings she had rooted in water(nice long strong roots btw)...i brought them home and put them in potting soil...they look shriveled but still alive...they are not wet but just moist...now what did i do wrong?...i can root all sorts of stuff in water and propogate other plants, but i can kill a pothos in a heartbeat...i have before...cindy
I just found out that the dried out stick from mom's visit to Hawaii is Plumeria! It looked like firewood but it was a dried out cutting. I stuck it in soil and the thing actually started growing..lol.
I have read that when cuttings are rooted in water, they grow roots suited for water, they have to adapt and grow new roots when put in soil. Because of this, I always root in soil whenever I can, but still can't resist the excitement of watching those roots sprout in water!
I have had the same experience with pothos - if you have patience I think they will do OK. Also, Golden Pothos is much easier to root than Marble Queen. HTH
I have also found that when I finally put my pothos cuttings in soil, they seem to need a lot more water then they would if they were a full grown plant. I am realizing this with a cutting I have now. It was not accurately watered in the beginning so some of the leaves are shriveled and funky looking. But now that I have upped the water intake, the newer leaves are coming out the way they are supposed to look. It also seems the more water I give it the happier it is. But Mine is in a clay pot so be careful if yours is in a plastic pot, because then the way I water mine may just kill yours!
Easier than Brugmansia...African violets are easier, Trichocereus species, Psychotria species,...Mertilocactus Geometrizans...and so much more---but yes Coleus, Jade, etc are all easy as well. Guess everything is easy with the right amount of luck though...
My Mother has often brought back dried up old sticks from walks, which turn into monster Rhodos, Stags Horn trees etc. When I take a fresh cutting it seems to curl up and die LOL.
African violets and fuchsias seem to root (and sometimes rot) well as do Dahlias, petunias and pelargoniums. Felicia is a little blue daisy from South Africa whic also takes well but I don't often root in water, as said above they do much better in soil.
Baa, I'm with you. I rarely root in water...my prefered method is always to root in soil or to airlayer. You can stick a few stems of leaves in water just as easily as you can stick them all in the same pot to root.
mexican petunias, fire spikes, morning glory bush start rooting when they hit soil. i just rooted 7 pink pet roses... amazing, since the mama was dug up and sat in the shade for a few days, finally cut her all the way back, left her siting in water for a week before i planted. she is now covered in blooms and even the foot tall piece with several branches is putting out pretty new purple growth.
My strobilanthus (persian shield) rooted easily in potting soil outside. I just kept it moist and in about 10 days they all had roots. Weigela is easy if you cut it at the right time, if not, forget it. Red twig dogwood is really easy. Hibiscus isn't too difficult. Forsythia is easy.
Impatients root easily in water or soil.
Gardenias root easily in water or soil.
I have good luck with hybiscus in soil
Hydragneas root well in water or soil.
Most of my others that I thought of have already been mentioned.
Rooted in soil and with no special care, I've had luck with:
Altheas and Hibiscus
Dicentra: You had such good luck with your plumeria because you are actually supposed to let the cutting sit out for about a week (long enough to callous) before planting. Be careful not to overwater, though, as they can rot very easily.
Did someone mention the ornamental sweet potato vines that are so popular and useful? This year I used the variagated white/pink one as an underplanting along the edges of my butterfly garden. It's just beautiful with the dahlias, zinnias, and asters rising from it. I've done the lime/apple leafed margarita before as well. They root in a day or two in water or like coleus you can just stick them in damp potting soil and they'll take off.
So far this year I have failed at hibiscus(hardy) , hydrangea,flowering maple,roses,passiflora,african violet,and lots of others.The things I have rooted are Brugs,fushia,rex begonia,mums,and some plant that I still have not identified.I'm a loser when it come to rooting,seed starting etc... CC
I have a rubber tree plant and in the same spot I put a few spider plant babies right off the spider plant (mother). They are looking good and growing. I did this so that the spider plant looks like ground cover.
One more time, I'm surfing for tips on propagation and find a thread that is interesting to me. Sooo, I'm bumping it back to the top of the stack so I can ask some questions. :-D
I'd like to know, in relation to propagation by cuttings,
1) what type of medium (soil mixtures in particular) works best for you.
2) When using soil mix to root cuttings, what do you look for (aside from ROOTS! ;-) ) that indicate a cutting has "taken"?
3) When do you begin feeding the new cuttings; with what; how much; and how often?
4) How long do you wait to transplant cuttings to their permanent environment...in particular outdoor plants, specifically perennials?
At the present time I have Coleus, cotoneaster, pelargonium, impatiens, euonymous, and several cuttings and other "accidents" that would be considered "annuals" in my zone, being carefully watched in my garden shed.
My goal, this year, is not to actually propagate plants for use in my garden, but to learn *how* to propagate them, hopefully to carry them through well enough to get a few plants that I really like for *next* year.
THANKS for joining in here, clairelise! Maybe this would be as good a place as any to announce that I HAVE ROOTS!!! :-D
I checked my pelargonium cuttings today *again* when I realized that one of the cuttings had a flower bud on it. I took the cuttings 6-24 and had only occasionally checked on one of them (the largest of 3). After having read this thread again, I hurried outside to the shed to check the other 2.
YIPPEEEEE!!! ROOTS!!! and LOTS of them. OH DUH.
But the best part of all is that upon reexamining the larger cutting, I found that it, too, was trying with all its might to make roots. All kinds of little white protrusions on the stem. :-D I immediately pinched of the bud...just want to see if it roots faster now.
And *now* I know where to look for roots on pelargonium!
Well, it depends on the plant, but:
1) 50:50 perlite, or sometimes with a little added vermiculite. If I root in water, I move them into a mix that has even more perlite before moving up to their standard mix. For some plants, I might use long fiber sphagnum.
2) new growth - leaves etc. blooms I pinch off.
3) a week after new growth is visible, with really dilute (like 1/10th strength) seaweed fert. Low feeders just get the one shot. High feeders might get a weekly, increase dose in a month or so, depending on the plant.
4) I don't do outdoor plants much so no idea...
The AHS has a great book on propagation (the hard cover one) - nice reference material for people who are obsessed with propagation.
Thanks Keyring...very helpful info there. Thanks for taking the time to write a reply. I'll have to check into the AHS propagation book. I think the last book I bought on propagation was sometime in the 70's...and I *know* a lot of things have changed since then. In fact, I think DDT was still "ok" in that book. :-)
For those above who asked about rooting Gardenias, I root quite a few each year (usually over 100).
I have the best percentage using cuttings that are this years growth. You can easily tell because they show green stems. Where the green stem meets the older wood (often more dark green or even brown) is where you want to clip them, just beyond the node. Cuttings can be anywhere from two to 4 or 5 nodes, usually about 3 to 5 inches long.
Keep them in water when you cut them. When you are putting them in the rooting medium (I have great results using MetroMix soil) you can use Root-Tone or a liquid rooting hormone or even household cinnamon if you like.
Put them in your rooting medium and if the leaves are fairly big for the size of the cutting cut the leaves in half to help slow down any transpiration.
I do quite a few in gallon pots so you can put the pot in a plastic grocery bag; the top can easily be closed or opened, as needed, by just loosely tying the handles of the bag.
Although I use heat mats in my greenhouse you could have a great success by keeping the containers in the house if they are in a warm area (on the fridge, water heater, etc) with bottom heat.
Mine too! I sent lots of cuttings out to others and was hoping someone knew more about making them work than I do...I love the way they smell...nothing smells better to me!
Have a beautiful Sunday!
My sister has a HUGE philodendron in the backyard. It just keeps spreading and now is as tall as the roof. I'd like to snag some cuttings. Is it as easy as just cutting a leaf off, dipping it in roottone and potting it up? My brother tried that and said they all died. I didn't see how he did it though, so he may have done something wrong.
Megin, I have never rooted those. I would think if it is large and has low branches, the easiet way to get some to root would be to sratch the underside of the branch and lay some bricks or rocks on the branch and cover it with soil. I know I have other shrubs that really root well using this method and even some magnolia I have done this way.
LOL...no problem...they are certianly easy to tell apart! You should have no problem getting the philo to root. I used to put about six small cuttings in a ten inch hanging basket and before long it is lush and beautiful! Same goes for wandering jews etc. they are so quick to fill a pot!!
wandering jew is so easy to grow from cuttings--i cut mine and throw the cuttings under the trees on the ground and let them set roots!! no digging, no special dirt etc and no watering--honest!!! sometimes i do stick the ends in dirt too but now i mostly let them just do their thing--i learned to do this when a friend said she had set some aside intending to give them away and forgot --when she remembered they had already set roots!
I'd like to know, in relation to propagation by cuttings,
1) what type of medium (soil mixtures in particular) works best for you.
I use straight perlite on anything that I haven't had luck just sticking in the mothers pot or a cup of water. I put holes in the bottom of a styrofoam cup and set the cup in a container with at least 2 inches of water in it so that the roots and perelite will wick the water up to the plant as needed.
2) When using soil mix to root cuttings, what do you look for (aside from ROOTS! ;-) ) that indicate a cutting has "taken"?
When using anything other than water, you just give a slight tug on the plant. If it hangs tight, that usually means it has roots.
3) When do you begin feeding the new cuttings; with what; how much; and how often?
I don't feed them until I pot them up.
4) How long do you wait to transplant cuttings to their permanent environment...in particular outdoor plants, specifically perennials?
If I have had experience with the plant being "easy" I pot it as soon as it has a few roots. If I don't know the plants hardiness to this system, I wait until I have lots of roots. You know this when a firm tug is resisted when you pull on the plant. To ease the plant from the perelite filled cup when the roots are large, just add lots of water to the cup and the plant will come right out.
To answer the question about Gardenias rooting habits, I have used water only with great results, perelite only with great results and sticking the plant right in the mother's pot with good results.
1.I have never had an Angelonia fail to root no matter how I did it.
2.Brugs are also very easy for me.
3.Coleus plants root very quickly.
4. Gardenias may take a little while but seldom fail to root
5. Snygoniums are just dying to be broken off and potted up
6. African violets just put a short stem in water and in a couple of days you got roots
7.Gerianiums will root in the mother pot
8. impatiens will root in the mother pot
9. pothos are a piece of cake
10. all ground covers will take off in a hurry with any medium
I take a set of plastic shelves that I bought with a 3" rim on them and turn the whole set upside down.
This gives me a place to pour water in. I place my cups with holes in the bottom on the shelves filled with perelite. I dip my cuttings in rootone and place my cuttings crowded in the cups on the shelves. I fill the shelves with water and try not to think about it for a while. I keep the trays filled with water and after a week I get antsy and start to tug on a cutting or two on each shelf. I have been Known to holler out loud like a kid when I pull a cutting out loaded with roots on it.
Caladium, pieces of tuber
Layering is easy on lots of plants, even some hardwoods and softwoods
Air layering above ground is also easy on many plants
My new favorite to propagate is Salvia uliginosis, bog salvia. The leaves stink to high heaven, but the flowers are a beautiful, clear blue, and it looks great in the middle of a bed. I just stick cuttings in water, and within 2 weeks they have ample roots for potting up. Then, just water the daylights out of them until they've put on some good growth. I've also done cuttings in soil, again with tons of water.
Azaleas are pretty easy: I have tons of cuttings of R. 'Stewartsonian' that I just stick in soil.
Pelargoniums are soooo easy. I take cuttings and stick them in 50/50 peat and sand into tiny pots, and then use them as gifts.
I've actually rooted an Echium candicans (Pride of Madeira), but Echiums grow very easily from seed- they germinate in about 3 days!
I also took a cutting of Euphorbia amygdaloides 'Helena's Blush', and not only did it root within a week, it's flowering after 3 weeks!
Any Oenothera (Evening Primrose) is easy from seed as well.
What I've been rooting in water lately:
These are all salvias...
s.involucrata x Kathy
s.involucrata x pulchella
s. Antyhony Parker
s. elegans Tangerine
s. mexicana 'Omaha Gold'
s. mexicana 'Russell's Form'
s. mexicana 'Huntington Gardens'
s. guaranitica 'Costa Rica Blue'
s. mexicana 'Raspberry Truffle'
s. chamaedryoides x microphylla
s. Texas Red
s. microphylla 'Red Velvet'
s. microphylla 'La Trinidad Pink'
s.guaranitica 'Purple Majesty'
s. guaranitica 'Jean's Purple Passion'
others that I don't remember off the top of my head, but I'm trying all salvias in water now.
All of the available room in my shaded area is taken up right now, so while I have things growing on to move into the sun, I can have tons of stuff rooting in water in the house.
There's a relatively new plant at all the nurseries now in mixed planters call "Diamond Frost" Euphorbia. It is a white "filler" type of plant. I learned by accident that it roots readily in water. It was used as a filler in a live bouquet I got for my birthday last year. I didn't dump them out as soon as I should have, and when I did, The Diamond Frost already had 2 inch roots. So if you see it forsale, just buy one and put some pieces in a vase and wait about a week. LOL lou
I was never successful in getting anything to root in water. Actually, not successful with ANY cuttings so far! lol! But seriously, succulents are 100% success for me, so anyone can do it. I got hooked...everytime a see a succulent now I want to snip a little piece...
I keep a bunch of empty jars and 3" pots around for when a plant gets too leggy or I break off a stem by accident. It goes in one of the jars with water and I forget about it for a few weeks until it develops some beautiful thick healthy roots. Then it goes into potting soil for a week or so and then makes a great gift. I have an over twenty year old silver queen aglaonema (my first plant - a break off stem from my mom) which has generously provided gifts for years, my other common propagators are poinsettia, any of the tradescantia (wandering jew, purple heart, moses in a basket), philodendron, and african violets.
When I moved here from Oregon last summer, I moved my most precious plants with me, and cuttings of others. One of my most precious crown of thorns, however was way too big and fragile to put in the back of the moving truck. I broke off a few bits before hitting the road and set them to dry in a planter of jade, misted them each day with the other plants during the seven day trek across the continent, and thankfully they rooted just fine when I got to Florida. One plants was bearing flowers by January!!! I was so excited!
lately... all a bubbler system is you get an air stone (or however many containers your doing) from a pet store, some tubing and an air pump. you just hook it all up and put a stone in each container and leave the cuttings in there until they root! this one guy here somewhere on DG has a huge success rate with cuttings. some people add a 1 part peroxide to 9 parts water to the solution too.
that is right, cheap air pump and air stone and some t connectors for the tubing so you can do several jars at once. search the propagation forum for bubbler and I am sure you can find it. In fact there was a recent posting so you could probably find it on the main page of the forum.
Rob, you asked about rooting in warm weather. Texas is warm, much warmer than San Diego. Texas really doesn't have that long of a growing season because it gets so hot the plants go dormant and kick into survival mode in Summer. I do cutting in Spring and Fall. So here is how I handle the heat. As long as the plants are actively growing or putting out new growth my success rate stays high.
I watch the weather. Take advantage when a few overcast days are in the forecast, it helps. I take my cuttings early in the morning and place them in water while gathering .
I use plastic picnic cups with hole cut in the bottom. They hold a bit more soil than 4" pots and I think thy hold moisture better.
I keep my cuttings under a large tree, on the East side, it has the least direct sun. If they need water... I only water them early in the morning or late enough that is soil is not soggy by nightfall (roots grow at night and need oxygen)
This may be more then you wanted to know. I am always looking for tips to beat the heat :) good luck, have fun
I just read this thread from beginning to end. Thank you all for the good information.
I am a really old lady who has been gardening for years and years and years. I didn't know before why some of the plants I rooted in water 'kicked the bucket' when transferred to a pot of soil. Just some kinds.
Either I read somewhere and had forgotten it, or maybe just dreamed that if you have a cutting that roots in water but you have experienced that plant not taking to the transition to soil, keep adding soil into the jar of water every day until it IS potted in soil. Then get it out and pot it. Sounds pretty crazy. I'm going to try it for fun.
vj, just read an article on rooting lilacs from cuttings. It said you have a two week window right after flowering for good rooting of cuttings. Otherwise use suckers or layering. Lay over branches, bruise and cover with soil and weight down. If you use suckers cut them free from the mother pant in the fall and leave them alone then pot them up in the spring.
As for begonias - I over wintered a couple. They really broke dorancy in February. I cut them WAY back in Mar and rooted in water. Petted up in early April and by the beginning of May I didn't have to purcahse any this year for bedding plants. I think I got about 40 plants form the 2 mommies.
I also did the same for coleus and the bedding salvia.
For propogating cuttings, I will use water, but have found (just this year) that if you cut a 2 liter plasitc soda container in half, it makes a perfect terrarium (sp) for cutting starts. I have started lantana, angolina, coleus, begonia, brugs, licorice plant, cuphea. I will continue to experiment. For easy rooters I do not add hormone, but if I dont' know I will use rooting hormone prior to putting in soil. These work great. I keep in kitchen window with only morning sun. I haven't had a failure yet. At any one time I have about 15 soda containers going. DH is teasing me that I need to stop as I ahve run out of contianers.
Ahh, but I have jsut started lining baskets iwth cocnut mat and now have lots more containers!
I do the same thing, only with milk jugs! It does work great, but I have trouble growing all these things as house plants, even scraggly or dormant houseplants. We just have an extra 3 months of winter you don't have, so it's a lot longer proposition until we can plant out in spring.
INteresting on the bedding Salvia -- I guess I knew they could come from cuttings, but I forgot.
Lavender, Interesting about the Lilacs. I really want just an old purple one with a long panicle of flowers, a PLAIN LILAC. :) They are sort of hard to come by, although when they are for sale, I am ot in my garden, not shopping. It seems to me that this year and last year, Sensation has taken over their place at places like Lowe's here.
I like to use "root tone" for my cuttings-it seems to raise the percentage of rooted plants by at least 50% for me. My geraniums would never start without it (I was surprised to read that so many of you have luck just putting some into the ground). As far as lilacs, (someone asked this) I took a cutting from a friends yellow lilac last summer and it is happily growing this spring. It took a while for roots and yes I used root tone.
Anyone ever take a cutting of Magnolia? I have a very, very large magnolia that needs some trimming and the branches I need to remove are in the 3-5 foot range. I read in a book about cutting it half way, apply root tone type product, wrap cut area in soil mix and wet heavily and overall wrap the cut in plastic wrap. It is supposed to take a few months to get roots but the tree is so gorgeous and is about 30 years old. I'd love to have some smaller babies in other areas of my property.
vj I would use soil and rooting hormone. Although you could try water. I would tent them with plastic. Try a few in garden soil in the shade somewhere too. I did that with my grapevines and black lace elderberry and they are all sprouting.
Hi, Liz. Are enjoying DG? Silly question, I know you are.lol
I know what you mean about containers. I bug everyone I know for milk jugs, cardboard and newspaper. I wonder if i could apply with the State and have them put a recycling drop off center at my front gate.lol
I've had success with brugs, morning glory, salvias, potato bush, thyme, strobilianthus, abutilon, mints, anything that is kind if invasive, philodendron (house plant) Most of these I did outside under a porch overhang with large vases over potting soil. Right now I'm trying ascarina, hebe, salvia, clystoma. Also, I have a book called "gardening for free" with a pink flower on the front that talkes about when to take cuttings of certain things, with plants strike well and at what rate and whether to take soft, semi-soft, or hardwood cuttings. I started using the high domed cold frames that I can use over and over they aren't that expensive and they are very handy. I've had a lot a failure but enough success to get me addicted to taking cuttings.
I got mine in the propagation section of the big nursery in town. Every plant is different as to when the roots start to show. The book I mentioned before has the number of days different plants take to root. They are just like the little seed starting trays with the clear plastic covers but a couple inches taller. I'm still learning alot about cuttings but I would love to know everything!
For everyone watching this thread and willing to learn about propagation...I bought a FANTASTIC book by the American Horticultural Society...I can't tell you guys how much I've progressed in my skills! Here's a link to this book on Amazon. Enjoy!
I felt it was such good info, I HAD to share!
Planolinda, I checked the book on chrysanthemums for you and it says you can grow them from seeds! Sow in spring or fall, depending on your climate. Hope this helps!
Thanks Rob. I've tried the baggie methods and it gets too hot here in the Summer for them...seems to steam cook my cuttings.lol I was thinking the mister might cool the surrounding air too. I may need that book anyway:0)
Wish I could too, Liz. I do my cutting in the shade, but once the temps start getting this hot my percentage goes way down, hence a mister. It's funny tho, the more I talk to local propagators/gardeners, one thing will work in one yard and not the next...you got to find that "magic area". lol
Magnolia Grandifloria. from Christmas decorations into trees.
At a historic house here the local clubs decorate for Christmas. The open house is around December 10. The women love to decorate with Magnolia leaves, broken off at about maybe 10 inches, and stuck together with a red plastic bow. The magnolia branches were stuck in cement planters bordering the front steps. The dirt in the planters have been there for years.
By the time I got around to cleaning up all the Christmas decorations - Maybe by the end of January I found the magnolia branches had roots.
I potted them up and they are now little Magnolia Grandiflora trees!
I'm a real amateur at this, but have what I call my nursery beside our bedroom window in FL. It is shaded. If I am trimming my gardenia, brugmansias, or hydrangea I always put a few cuttings in pots by this window. We have an automatic watering system that takes over until the summer rains come. When we return in the fall, I always take a look to see what has rooted -- perhaps I have lost some mostly due to curious raccoons knocking the pots over, then comes another dilemma -- where do I plant them. I also recycle my ziplock bags by using them as mini-greenhouses in the sunroom in AR during the winter. Soil dries out pretty fast and when you can't be there for a couple of weeks to tend to your cuttings the bags can be a lifesaver. Make sure the soil is moist, not soggy, put your pot the bag, place in a shady area, zip up the bag and when you return, you will usually find your cutting rooted and happy. I know all of you experienced and professional gardeners will probably groan and roll your eyes, but it works for me.
Cocoa-lulu: my bad, the book DOES talk about a misting system! I guess in my eaguerness to go straight to the plants I wanted to check out I skipped a couple pages!
I told you that book had EVERYTHING! LOL!
Not sure if anyone mentioned this or not, but my favorite thing to propagate from any sort of cuttings (pups) are any of the Aroids.
Alocasia, Colocasia, Zanthosoma--all of the Elephant ears, if given enough space in your garden, or in a large enough pot, will create a "pup." Store these some place, after you slice them off, and replant the following spring. I live in Winter Wonderland...I usually save any shoe boxes I get, or will ask Dominos/Pappa Johns if I can have a few unused pizza boxes for the smaller pups...sawdust/perlite/vermiculate, and store in a nice cool (not cold) place for all the pups.
I usually pot these up, for me, about March-ish, in ProMix BX (I swear by this stuff)...I have been using the same method for Elephant Ears for a few seasons now. I pot them up, keep them well watered (not moist), usually the roots take a few weeks to form, and after about 3 weeks or so, you will get a leaf popping up out of the soil. I place these near a window in the house, and let the leaves unfurl. To date, no nursery, garden center, or home owner has Elephant Ears as big as mine. At the moment they are HUGE outside.
Plecanthrus are really easy to propagate also. I have clipped them back, and pieces have falled on MULCH and they rooted.
Same thing for any of the Russian Sages, I have clipped these guys back, did not pick them up, and the following spring had a virtual thicket of Russian Sages.
Variegated Dog Woods, same thing, left cuttings on the ground, and had about a dozen or so rooted V. Dog Woods the following spring!
I had forgotten about epiphyllums, they are so easy. you just leave them laying around for a couple of weeks and then put them in a pot in the shade and keep them moist. Next thing you know you have a new orchid cactus! Oh so easy!
Propagation by Cuttings makes a great Science Project for young kids. We showed how to root a pineapple "crown" from a store bought pineapple, a cutting from Begonia which can be either vertical or horizontal in the soil, and some things will even root from a leaf. We also showed the hibiscus. This was done for a private Christian school and their rules prevent the plants from going to school, so we took a lot of photographs of the process from beginning to end. We posted some on the backboard, and then made two photo albums to put on the table, one on each side of the "Report". My granddaughter won First Place for her 2nd grade class. She learned alot, plus it was a lot of fun!
I have something to add to our list! BRUGMANSIAS. I have never seen anything so easy to propagate from cuttings! I've done it in water and in potting soil...100% rooting in all cuttings everytime!!!
Anyone hav any ideas for the desert? We have lots on land but not lots of water. I love the sages but I don't know how to propigate them. I wn on the look out of more phoenix bird f paradise seeds too. They seem like the only plant that can take our heat and get along with out water once they are established. Thy put out a lot of nice color too.
Sucullents are the easiest thing to propagate on earth, you are in luck! I don't know much about sage, but succulents all you do is let the cutting dry for a few days, stick it in vermiculite, and water sparingly until it roots!
Echiums are amazing. I had a few month old planting that was torn out last summer by a contractor who was doing my front lawn. The plant sat out on the lawn (roots exposed) on the south side of the house in full sun all day until I got home at around 6:30. It was completely wilted. I repotted it in a 6" plastic pot with some regular potting soil and set it in the shade under my plum tree, where it was watered daily by the sprinklers. It recovered and is now approximately 5 feet tall and about as wide in my front yard and put out an amazing display of flowers this year.
Jeanette, some plants are easier in water than others. Just keep experimenting with it! If you're really into it, get the Propagation book by the American Horticultural Society. It's totally worth it! : )
I was just told that when you try to propagate, or root cuttings, you are suppose to remove all the leaves, side shoots, blossoms etc. except the top 4 or so. I have been gardening all of my adult years and have never heard that. Where have I been all my life? Is this the way it is suppose to be done?
Ibartoo, did you find Clonex? I googled it and there are a lot in there. One even had free shipping. And, it looked like the cheapest price. It looks like it is around $20 for 2 or 3 ounces. They all say 100 ml and when I google that it is hard to get an exact amount but it looks like 2 or 3 oz.
Illoquin - I got a "free" curly willow from a floral bouquet given to the company where I worked. When all the flowers were "gone" I found the curly willow was rooting. It overwintered in Winnipeg! In a pot, I might add, cuz apparently it's invasive and I didn't want it to take over my yard lol.
When I moved to Calgary, I got a stick for free from a florist just for asking!
It DIDN'T overwinter here, likely because of the chinooks!
I never had to propogate Daturas because they're self-seeding. Don't do anything at all, just sprinkle them around the garden, and they pop up like nobody's business! They don't over-winter, but last year I got 40 babys and gave away a bunch, while keeping 3 for myself, at work. 2 of them are in my garden (one in my boss' office) and one of my garden ones has a bud on it :-)
I had to use cuttings for Brugs because they don't self-seed. I guess I'll have to bring it in, in the fall!
As mentioned above, a mix of perlite and peatmoss will root anything. The trick is once rooted and potted, put the potted cutting into a plastic bag. Leave the top of the bag partially open and make a ventilation holes in the plastic.
The roots that have formed in water are not the same type when formed in the soil. Once planted it is harder for the roots to obtained moisture, sort of got spoiled in water. The plastic bag will prevent the cutting from wilting while it forms new roots. Keep out of the sun, they don't need it until growing.
After 2 weeks, open the plastic bag a bit more, and continue to do that until the rooted cutting will not wilt without. It is a sort of hardening off.
Rooting cuttings in water works for me too. I haven't had any trouble at all. In fact, I have more trouble out of plants NOT rooted in water. I root tons of plants in water and they go immediately in the soil with no problems. My Penstemons were planted directly in the yard in full sun after rooting them in water. They didn't even wilt at all. I also root Coleus, Coreopsis, and several other plants in water and they take much better than any other method. Gardenias seem to root better in water than any other method I've tried.
I think that is a myth about the roots not being good when rooted in water. One good thing about rooting in water is I can root the plants in the kitchen window and they are already used to the sun when planted outside. Some plants don't root in water, but many will and will do so every single time with no problems.
Sometimes I think it depends on the time of year. The plants seem to be more receptive to growing such as in the spring vs winter. Altho, I have had a brug in water now for the last 4 or 5 weeks. It has gotten the nubbies, but no roots. Would you suggest that I plant it?
Yes I take maybe 6" cuttings from a mature bougie. I snip it off just below a node and then scrape a little skin off of the cutting at the bottom. I dip it in rooting hormone, then wrap it in this green fibrous material that aquarium plants come in. Put it in a shot glass full of water and put it in a zip lock bag in the window sill. 3-4 weeks later you can see roots wrapping around the inside of the glass. Just take the material off carefully and plant outside!
If you go to a shop that sells fish, usually they have aquatic potted plants. I don't know what the stuff is called but it is a green fibrous material like a mix between the stuff flower arrangements come with mixed with a sponge. I love it. With bougies though... be careful once the roots have grown because they are very fragile so when you remove this material, handle it with care!
I was interested in learning about Elephant Ear "pups". I tried to overwinter the whole plant in the basement the way I do dahlias, but no luck at all. I had several gorgeous ones in the garden one year, but they are too expensive to buy new each year.
Jnette, how do you do the fuchsias? I have one that got all leggy. I was looking at it wondering if I could lop off the tops & root them. I'm in zone 5, so have to do something for the winter anyways. They are in a pot outside right now., but I have an unheated sunroom for the winter they can go in.
Are they trailing, or uprights? I guess it depends on if you want to keep them growing and blooming over the winter or go dormant for the winter. If dormant, I would just cut them back and hold back on the water, with just enough to keep them from dying. (inside of course) If you want to have them continue to bloom, since they are leggy, you could cut them back a ways, depending on how many you have in a basket or pot, and then just treat them as normal. If you want them to fill out, cut them back and fertilize.
I have found they do good on triple 20 if you can find it. Peters. Either Scotts bought them out and then sold to Miricle Grow or vice versa. Miricle Grow bought and sold dto Scotts. Sometimes you can still find it in some stores. Otherwise I would say the All Purpose in Miricle Grow. I think MG wanted to cut out the competition.
In the area I live now there are hardly any new varieties. Mostly the old tried and true, Swingtime, Dark Eyes, etc. That is why I try to keep them over. I get them from the Fuchsia Lady in Seattle but they are expensive to ship. She doesn't charge much for them in the spring.
What a great thread! plantaholic186,,,I have that same azelea..can you give more details on how to do the azeleas? Nobody has mentioned Tall garden phlox and how that is done and when is best time. Let's hear from the Tall Garden phlox gardeners.
Pippi21 I only have one of them and have been trying to get rid of it for years. I love them but this one just isn't very pretty. However, I just can't seem to get all the root out. I think it is in a place with very poor soil. I have been adding compost etc. but in my sand the additions just disappear.
I think you almost have to start them with a piece of the root.
You all have really got me looking forward to spring and summer so I can try my hand at taking cuttings. How long will it take for a cutting of Hydrangea to get to good size where I can take it to a plant swap and give away? Like in May? I have 8 or 9 mature hydrangeas on the side of my house.
Usually with any plant in general you only need about six inches. You want to cut it just below a node...a little bump or growth where the plant put out the new growth.
Dip it in rooting mixture and stick it in the dirt.
You can put them in water. Be sure to refreshen the water a couple of times a week. My past experience as far as I can remember it was several weeks. You would have to read thru this thread...I'm sure it mentions somewhere. Some people have had things root in water pretty quickly...but that's just not my experience. I would give it at least two mos.
Last September I cut off basil and some smaller tomatoes at about 6-8" and some stivia about 10' then put each in water they all took off and rooted well. Now all are growing in my window seat. Could have a couple tomatoes ready shortly, have snipped basil since Christmass and the stivia will be nice sized plants for spring planting and have snitched a few leaves too.
I see some familiar faces on here and I have gone back to the beginning to review what you all start from cuttings. I may have missed it and forgive me if I have, but I want to cut some camellias, not the kind that grow outside, mine are potted. Has anyone ever tried to start them from cuttings? Thanks in advance. JB
Thanks Jen, that is very good information and I did not see that particular one before. In the research I have been doing there was mentioned of one way was to use a " propagator box". I guess my question should have been, " Has anyone been successful in propagating Camellias and if so, what method did they use?". I had never heard of the "box" before and although it is described, I am curious to hear from someone who has actually had success using what methods. JB
It is a paper by Klaus Peper, called Camellia Propagation. I will see if I can find it when I have time today. I print them out and then I do not clutter up my bookmarks. I will get back to you later. JB
That is the one, and had not been so tired when i wrote the link, I would have done it properly. I am sorry. I was having vision problems yesterday because of straining my eye to fix my sewing machine. I finally put it away and gave up. That is when I misled you Jen. Sorry. Please forgive me...Please, Please, Please. JB
My husband likes to pick up the large blueberry muffins from the grocery store and they come in clear plastic 4-packs with a snap down lid. When empty, I fill each compartment with potting mix and put my rootings in, moisten, and snap the lid down. They work pretty well as a small "hothouse"! I have fairly good success rooting my cuttings in those - have even gotten a couple of camellias to root this way. I do not have much luck with camellias, though, because I don't really know what I'm doing, it's all trial and error and most of mine die. But I'm going to keep trying.
The trick with camellia cuttings is to make sure you have a growth bud. I had a man show me cuttings that he used and they only had 1 leaf and a short piece of stem. I was amazed, but he had acres upon acres of camellias and azaleas rooting. He was somewhere over toward orangeburg.
Oh my, now I have to learn what a growth bud looks like. Help Ibartoo. Draw me a picture.
I think there is a picture on one of those papers we printed out. Maybe. LOL I can not wait to try but I am still worried I will hurt the blooming for this year. It already bloomed once but it looks like it is growing now.
I read somewhere you can cut them anytime, but summer is best. Is that right Ibartoo?
As soon as I get my computer online again, I will post pics for you both. ( mine still isn't completely restored). A growth bud is basically a bud that will grow into a new leaf at the joint of the older leaves and stems.
I have really only taken cuttings during the summer months so I don't know about cutting them anytime. One of the men who taught me about them said that july and august were the only times to cut them. Others have told me that as long as the cutting isn't brand new wood, it should be ok.
If I can get Burk to set up my propagator today, I will cut some and try several different ways. ( heaven help me, I love experiments!) In the meantime, i will look to see if I can find other info for you.
Linda, thanks so much for the info. How is your weather. Ours is a mess today. Cold and windy. Wind coming off the cold ocean makes it worse. Talk later. Have a doctor appt. today that I need to get over. JB
I will have to go and look at the info on camelias also. I picked a camelia from the plant in the back yard. It had a bud under the flower so my Mom put it in water hoping the bud would open up, and maybe it will take root...hopefully it will. If so I will take cuttings from my other plant as well. One is pink and one is red. I do not remember the names of them. I have had them for years but they are only about 2 1/2 ft tall. They are close to the banana trees so in the summer they don't get much sun.
I will have to call Mom and see if it has rooted yet! Cool!
That would be great if it does! Mom has a green thumb...I just use Miracle Grow...haha.
My friend has a camelia that is over 40 yrs old. They planted it in their front yard when they moved into their house. It must be over 6 ft tall and huge around. It's much taller than me. It is in full bloom. It is soooooooooo pretty. It gets alot of sun. It is just beautiful!
Soooo much good info here. There's several plants I am going to try to root that I hadn't thought about rooting. I have about 50% luck with my propagtion--so as a retired teacher I guess that's flunking! :)
My Question: I have a couple of Royal Pelargoniums that are way over grown in my house. I know new growth ends root better, but how successful is rooting 10 inches from the tip??
After reading this thread, I believe I am going to try the soda bottle method with half perlite and half sand. I really want these to root.
Birder, aren't they like geraniums? If so, I will tell you a friend of mine just takes a half a dozen or whatever amount of cuttings, she takes them right off the main trunk, not sure what you all are calling them, and then she just sticks them all in a 6" pot together and lets them go. Don't know why it is, but that always works for her, and I can baby things and lose them. Oh well.
Birder, that is good. They should work. I was looking for a post earlier I thought Linda, Ibartoo, had tallked about it, it is where you take it right off the main trunk and kind of get some of the trunk with it.
I bet one of the others can describe it better than I can. Anyway, that is what this friend did. And they rooted and bloomed in that pot every time. Now I watched her do it. But, she had them in my sister's greenhouse. So, maybe you would want t put a bag over them or something.
This is one of my favorite things to do now, experimenting with cuttings and seed starting. A partnership with God I call it. I do a little hand work and He does the rest. Amazing seen "up close", the whole process. So the most success I've had is Azaleas and Gardenias. I had one holly to root and one crape myrtle so we'll see what happens with them. I have decided to keep them in pots until this fall instead of trying to plant them now, figure it will give them a better head start. Here is a link I use all the time to decide what to root at what time of year and how to keep it going. Lots of good information and explained simply and thoroughly http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/hil-8702.html If I need more advice than that I call Kellie Bowen from Full Bloom Nursery on her Saturday morning radio show and get all the other advice I need.
I just ordered the American Horticultural Society Propagation... I would really like to try some of my Hardy Hibiscus. I have one that is electric pink, just beautiful.
Thank You for all the help and advise. Marie
Has anyone had any success with Magnolia Tree? I pulled a 12 " limb off a tree .. immediately put in in a plastic bottle (put hole in lid just large enough to force limb through)... 3 inches of water then slipped a couple of my sons socks. ( only one of each cause dryeR monster must ha ve ate the other half) *LOL* It is sitting outside in full sun..but no light reaching water to grow algea...I plant in checkinG it in a week or so for growth...but wonderinG if I should be doing it different.
Lisa, have you read and tried Taylor's rose starting instructions? It has been a long time since I have read them, but she had a really good instruction thread. There might be a special thread on roses in the community menu. Take a look.
LOL, Corey that is a good definition. Think Webster will add it? Have to send it to Melody and Terry and see what they think of it. Used to be in Daves it would be called "stealing". Think things have loosened up a bit.
Corey, I see you are showing a zone 8. I suppose that you are close enough to the water that you pretty much maintain that rating. Doubt it ever gets down any lower there. Are the azaleas and rhodies all blooming now? This is the prettiest time of the year on the coast. 'course after a long winter I suppose most places can say the same.
JB, go drink your coffee and watch your mornin' Joe show. Even getting up by 5:45 I miss it. Who in the world would get up at 3 o:clock in the morning to watch them? Not me. Would have to be someone who works weird hours.
>> Are the azaleas and rhodies all blooming now? This is the prettiest time of the year on the coast.
OH, YEAH! You timed it just right. One week ago, they were just starting, it has been a slow, cold spring.
>> Corey, I see you are showing a zone 8. I suppose that you are close enough to the water
Yup! One and a half miles from the Sound. "Sunset" used to say that you could change a whole USDA zone in one block (or words to that effect). When i checked their website recently, they put me a cooler "Sunset Zone" than they used to.
>> that you pretty much maintain that rating.
Well, remember that "10-15 degrees" is only an AVERAGE minimum temp. A few rare winters will go down to 0 ... but not all go down to 15.
It ain't so much the winter minimum that limits gardening along the coast: it's the summer maximums. Days stay mild and nights stay cool ... pretty much all summer.
And a "hot" summer day here (as you must know) is like a "cool" summer day in NJ. I've lived in Clifton and Monsey (NY), and worked in Ramsey and Mahwah ... and sweated like a pig every summer.
The frost-free period is long ... but the warm period is short.
And we have NO mosquitoes! Take that, JB from NJ, for cutting my feet off and sticking me in water until I turn moldy! Or thank you for the compliment, whichever!
(I have become a PNW chauvinist: better beer, better coffee, better climate, and I have "bikini baristas" on the street where I live! I admit: NJ has better pizza, baegels and diners.)
True, the Neighborhood Cutitngs Ninjas are 'stealing', but those threads back in 2002 or so, where the Dumpster diva Divas explained thier philosophy, converted me to their cause.
They did make apologies like "we never take enough that they NOTICE". And they admitted shame about stealing cuttings from a CHURCH ... until the pastor saw them and couldn't stop laughing at how guilty they looked.
I think my favorite story was the grandmotherly lady who went into a dumpster at ? Home Depot ? one night, to rescue some potted plants that were being assasinated for not selling fast enough. She knew all the dumpster-diving tricks by then, so she had her stool for getting in and out, and wore old clothes so she didn't mind getting dirty.
But ... RATS! This guy sees her and walks over to her. She's red-handed, in the dumpster up to her chin, but at least hasn't yet started pulling potted plants out. She thinks he's a security guard there to drag her off to prison.
But he amazes her by shaking his head, patting her arm, giving her $2, and walking away.
She was so spooked that she didn't figure it out until later. The old clothes: he thought she was homeless and looking for something to eat.
Corey, did they Everett close down, or make that mill clean up their smell? Everett used to smell as bad as Tacoma with the smell from the mill. Tacoma cleaned theirs up years ago. Surely Everett has too. The rotten egg smell. No tourism then.
How long have you lived there? Maybe you missed it.
You say it is cool there but you know, that is what keeps the flowers blooming nice. When it's hot it wilts them right down. Roses last so long too if you can keep them from mildewing from the cool.
You don't sound like you are heading back to NJ to live any time soon.
This is the only state in the USA that you can live any way you want. You can be a beach bum, a hermit in the mountains or just a stupid farmer like us. You can live like a piney in the pinelands or up north like the city slickers. There is something for everyone and you will find every nationality in the world here.
Taxes are the highest in the USA and they tax everything except urine samples.
That will be next if the Democrates have anything to say. ( ducking and running so Jen does not hit me).
So, my new friend, stay where you are! Nothing will ever change this Jersey Fresh Garden State. JB
Oh, wow! You live in the nice part of NJ. Drove through it once ... after getting past the refineries (or whatever those were) and "pharmaceutical row", it turned nice.
I used to live in the urban mess. They had a big toll station on the highway to PA. They would let anyone in for free (after all: it's New JERSEY!) But they charged around $1.50 to get OUT ... and there was always a long line of people trying to get away at any price.
Can I remember this whole joke? I forget which governor it was: the one who bought three heicopters, two for emergency medivac and one for himself, then had to save money by returning the two medivac copters and keeping his own. This was long before Christie (is that her name?)
The US president, the VP and the NJ Governer were in a helicopter over NJ.
The VP threw out a $100 bill and said "I made someone in NJ happy!"
The NJ Gov tore a $100 bill in half, threw the halves out, and said "I made TWO people in NJ happy!"
The President threw the Gov out of the copter, and said "I made EVERYONE in NJ happy!"
ROFLMAO...I am originally from the Amish Country in Pennsylvania. Very much into horses and when I retired I came to NJ to help a new Standardbred Horse Farm set up their books, manage their office and get things moving. For fun you may want to see what it has turned out to be. Check out http://perretti.com/cms/ or google Perretti Farms in NJ. This was in 1987 and they were just finishing the office and I worked out of the lab with a computer and a phone until the office was finished. We had all Mexicans working for us and the manager was a Mexican American, I was the only female in the place.One of three who spoke English. Bob Marks, the Marketing Director,. Perretti and I had to learn how to communicate with the lads in the barn. Perretti owned Toyota dealerships in Peramus (sp) and a restaurant at the Meadowlands plus dealerships in Florida. He was my boss. What a fun time we had and I learned how to breed horses from scratch. So, RJ I got my Amish feet wet early when it comes to learning how to survive in NJ. I was then in my 50s and completely changed professions. I was in Health and Human Sevices prior to retiring in PA. The area around Peramus made me crazy, that was the North part where traffic is bumper to bumper and the smell is horrible. LOL. Thanks for the memory. Have a good day. JB My website is JBsBirdsandMore if you want more information about my life in NJ.
Jen, You would laugh at my accent. No one has a clue where I came from because I have some PA Dutch, where I was raised, Philly and Jersey, where I spent years around people who lived there, and last but not least, when we were in the Marines, I lived in North Carolina. Y'all come back JB
If I'm right, the literal meaning of that friendly salutation is something like "I'mgonna poppacap in you face, buddy!"
I've been trying to fiogure out how to say, in a family-friendly forum, how our junior mechanic and I alsways greeted each other.
"Good $%^&* Morning!"
"Good $%^&* Morning to you to, *&^%$#@$%^&*!"
Trust me, that was friendly.
Another fond Joisey memeory was a sweet young lady in an oncoming red car ... leaning out her window, screaming UNfriendly imprecations and vigorously flipping the bird at me ... for doing what she was trying to do, before she get there.
The most predictable drivers in the world. No matter what happens, they are going to press their pedal to the floor and try to cut you off.
I ALMOST miss it.
But this cutting has been successfully transplanted and put down roots in the PNW. I do miss the pizza and bagels, though.
Sorry Corey, I hate rude drivers. Every once in a while we run into some on the East side of the state. Normally in the summer when people are hot and irritated by the weather. But that doesn't excuse it.
I think we have hijacked this thread and I am very sorry about it. Speaking of rude!! Sorry.
I have been re-reading this thread. Echinaceamaniac: you mentioned rooting Penstemons in water. I have Husker's Red that I purchased this Sp. on the clearance rack. It is doing well. Do you cut the top off of the plant to get it to root? Maybe, I should wait until next year to try to propagate it?
Hmm, that's an interesting thought. Hadn't thought about trying to root penstemon, but I have one that I would love to propagate, instead of waiting the 2 years to get more flowers from seed! Might have to try that!
I have read this thread a couple of times. I don't think Nepeta has been mentioned. I would like to increase my Nepeta. Has anyone tried to propagate Nepeta via cuttings? Water? Soil? Vermiculite? Please advise.
I had a little luck with bee balm in water. Out of five two managed to root. It took about three weeks. The two things that seem to root the quickest for me in water are mexican petunia and verbena. They have all made the transition to soil without any problems. I do alot of experimenting to try to figure out which way will work best for me...water, perlite or just potting soil. Salvia seems to do really well in straight perlite. No luck with the bee balm in perlite though.