Kaye Kettrey (Arkansasrose)
Post Number: 10
|Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2006 - 10:19 am: |
My husband loves to propogate. He started with the baggie method and had fair success. He went to a misting system, similar to what Chamblee's uses and the success rate tripled. He has it set up outside in a shaded area running on an inexpensive battery powered timer. In fact, he just started it up again this weekend with some cuttings of an old Frau Karl Druschki from an historical site that we were unable to get rooted last spring in the baggies.
Fara Shimbo (Fara_shimbo)
Username: Fara Shimbo
Post Number: 44
|Posted on Monday, May 15, 2006 - 04:02 pm: |
Re greenhouses, what I've got isn't a greenhouse per se, but... You know those big plastic zipper sacks that quilts and comforters come in? Imagine one the size of, say, three-quarters of a phone-booth. Bob found it for $30 at the local hardware store. I was thinking of trying this for cuttings, growing the cuttings in all the bands I've got lying around and keeping them in there.
Coke bottles over pots I haven't tried, but if you cut the top off a plastic bottled-water bottle and put that over the cutting it seems to work fine until the cutting outgrows it.
On another point, where does everyone stand on willow-water vs. rooting hormone?
Kay Cangemi (Mad_gallica)
Post Number: 55
|Posted on Monday, May 15, 2006 - 03:18 pm: |
My very first rooting attempts were following my grandmother's directions for rooting roses under a big jar. They rooted fairly well that way, but the winter losses the first year were always very high. So we went inside, in the basement, in pots under lights. Except for varieties that want heat to root (which are probably lost causes here anyway) it works quite well. We don't have to worry about low humidity or scorching sun. For small scale propagating, which is all we really do anymore, baggies work fine. They need checked about once a week, and aside from that left alone.
The biggest disadvantages we found with baggies was getting the rooting medium properly, but not overly moistened, and the medium cracking apart when the baggies were moved. Putting pots in the baggies solved both those problems.
Henry Kuska (Henry_kuska)
Post Number: 5
|Posted on Monday, May 15, 2006 - 02:55 pm: |
I have found that cuttings placed next to my soaker hoses (which come on daily) root very well.
Mel Hulse (Kernel)
Post Number: 83
|Posted on Monday, May 15, 2006 - 02:05 pm: |
As suggested under "Experts" let's talk about different methods for starting cuttings at home. We can compare greenhouses (expensive), baggies (labor intensive), homemade and purchased coldframes, terrariums, Coke bottles over pots, indoor, outdoor and on and on...
Let's do another thread on rooting media.