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Well, I have yet to get any passi's from seed...so I'd like to hear the secret too. I'vd done the soaking thing, (w/ oj, w/o oj, just planting them, coffee filter...nadda, zip, nutin honey...cuttings yup...that I can do.
I looked for the thread by LouisianaMark where he explained the whole process of using floral foam ( for live plants ) for the passi's. Actually he uses something else I can't remember what it's called. I use wet floral foam, cut it into 1 in. cubes. When I take the cutting I get a 4 - 6 in. section of "soft wood", cut diagonally across a leaf node. Cut the leafs back about half their size. I use a tooth pick to poke a hole in the floral foam while it is still dry. Then I dip the cutting into rooting hormone, poke in the hole and set in a saucer w/ water so the foam can absorb the water. I keep a little water is the saucer, and cover w/ a big one gallon plastic bag. I also spray w/ Super Thrive. Make sure your saucer never dries out. I have the saucer sitting in window sill that faces somewhat Northeast w/ 20 % sun filter screen and a florescent light in the top.
This is working w/ the Pipevine also. Just make sure you have softwood cuttings of the Pipevine.
Maybe Mark will chime in he did a much better job of explaining it. I've got about 1/2 dozen each of Lady Margaret going and the Imperatrice Eugenie going now. I've used it for the Incarnata too, and Calico Pipevine. I haven't tried it yet w/ my Corkbark Passi, but when it gets big enough to take cuttings from I will !
I had tried vermiculite, sand etc, and this method has just worked great for me.
Now if I could just figure out the seeds...sigh...
Ok..so some of can grow from seed and some can root...( I'm in the I can root group, but no seeds) , so those that can grow from seed, trade with those that can grow from rooting...;-) Works for me!!!! haha, ok I'm not trying to be a smarty pants, but really, we need to work together on this little problem.
oh you got them to grow what is your secret i couldnt get them for nothing tried every thing
(w/ oj, w/o oj, just planting them, coffee filter...nadda, zip, nutin honey...cuttings yup...that I can do. did that sound familiar yup i copied you
heck i gave up on the seeds a while ago i tried all ways i could and i waited til the ones i had started coming up all over the yard and i wait till they get about 5 or 6 leaves then i dig and put them in the bucket for about a week to see if they will make it and then i pot them up if they still look fresh
I have had good luck getting cuttings to root for the Maypop, Purple Haze and Incense. I put them in root and shock hormone after the cutting is taken. Once I pull them from the hormone liquid I place them in a pot with either sand or potting soil. Then I place it in a one gallon zip lock bag with full sun (little green house). This has worked for me so far.
Seeds I have no luck with but it could be the seeds that I have.
I have maypops everywhere. They are hardy here. Just started seeing the others and found seeds so I'm trying them. Have a red one, and a few different in seeds. One lady said she had white and offered me some to try and root so I'm going to try. What is shoch hormone?
Lukas is an awesome nursery which I would work for free at. Might need you to send more cats since some did not make it.
it works for me and you generally see it at your local hydroponics stores. its not for use if the plant produces fruit you plant to eat (veggies). Quick blurb I pulled off the web about the two.
Powder: Plant growth stimulant for rooting woody & semi-woody plants & easy to propagate evergeens.
Liquid Concentrate: A vitamin, hormone concentrate and root growth stimulant. Hormex prevents transplant shock by stimulating growth of the small feeder roots, which become damaged during transplanting.
No its different b/c this has B1 in it. There is different studies out on the web that state its not needed and more for a gimmick. I have had better luck with this than the powder. It could be due to the hormone being liquid as appose to powder. I have gone to a few hydro stores and they speak very highly of it. I have read a lot of articles that support the use of B1. Its about 12 bucks for a little bottle of it. Cheap enough to give it a try in my opinion.
I guess I should take the time to read all the threads--just saw this one, and MJ responding to Kay about rooting cuttings, and hoping I would chime in.
I had tried rooting passie cuttings a couple of times (using incorrect methods) without success, and finally called a local nursery to see if they had gel rooting hormone (I figured that must be the trick). The lady on the phone asked what I was trying to root, and when I told her, she laughed and said passies were easy to root, and that you only spend your money on rooting gel for the difficult stuff. She proceeded to explain a few things to me like the importance of high humidity, and that the roots form at the node. She suggested I use either foam cubes or small cups of potting mix placed inside of a gallon plastic bag. I had actually bought some foam cubes to start seeds in, so I tried those in a gallon plastic bag on a few cuttings, and they rooted within a week. A couple of weeks later, I started a whole tray of passie and pipevine cuttings to have backup plants in case I lost the potted plants outside over the winter. I had great success in getting them to root, but missed some spider mites that ended up infesting the whole tray and killing several rooted plants.
For those interested here is the link with pics about rooting with Oasis Cubes--scroll down about half way. This method works great with either gallon plastic bags or trays with humidity domes. The pipevines took quite a bit longer than the passies, and one or two of the passies were slow (2 to 3 weeks), but most passies rooted within 10 days. I used a heat mat set to 80 degrees, with the gallon plastic bags sitting on top of a plastic shoebox cover so they wouldn't cook. A little cooler would have probably been fine, though the roots may have taken a little longer. I still use the powdered rooting hormone, since I have it and figure it can't hurt. Hope this helps!
Several people have asked me about this and I explain but I think you do a better job.
I've been getting pipevine to root also using the floral foam. I think my kitchen window. ( thank goodness for a large window
sill ! ) w/ the 20 % filter screen is one of the keys as it stays very bright and a nice 80 degrees. I use recycled deli containers to set the cuttings in and gallon baggies as my "mini greenhouse". I can't thank you enough for having posted that cause I root alot of passi's w/ all the butterflies here. I may have to put bird netting up over my Imperatice Eugenie ( fortunately I've got cuttings going of that too! )
On a different note, I got seeds of the White Veined Pipevine to sprout, in two weeks, in a baggy in the window sill...go figure.