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Apr 15, 2010 1:34 PM CST
Name: Susan
Zone 5
Charley's Girl Too/ HeHaw, HeHaw
Veronica, I did a little research and found this info on rooting Persian shield. Lots of posts on GardenWeb and they all agree it likes humidity and it is key to tent them.
A lot of people are very successful in rooting plants in water. If it works, that's fine. It is an extra step that's not necessary from my experience. Sometimes I do stick things in water when I don't have time to do better, and if it's limp I always put it in water (but usually lying down) until it perks up, but water roots and soil roots are different, or so I understand, and when you pot them up they have to make a whole new adjustment. (That's why lots of times they make nice healthy roots and you think you're home free, and then they die when you put them in potting mix or soil.) A plastic bag or other glass or plastic protection helps because without roots to supply moisture the leaves dry out, and the protective cover keeps humidity around the cutting until it grows roots. Then you can take it off, or better, raise it a little bit at a time while it adjusts.

Emily Compost has a good article as well
http://www.emilycompost.com/persian_shield.htm

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