Humble Origins ~ To Great Beginnings forum: Easy cuttings to root in water

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Imagechelle
Mar 4, 2010 11:58 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Yesterday I took cuttings of common pussy willow.
I start rooting them in a jar of H20 with the barest dash of bleach. This method worked well last year so I'm repeating the process this year.
After jarring them I set them in a place with low light.

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Imagechelle
Mar 4, 2010 12:01 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Anyone else root cuttings in water, and want to share types of plants and methods?
Imagemarti
Mar 6, 2010 5:30 PM CST
Name: Mary (Marti) Nelson
Ventura, CA
Peace and long life
I rooted 14 Angle Trumpets in water. They were easy. Now I have the 3 that I'm going to keep in pots and I've found homes for all the others except for 4 of them, but am working on a home for them.
Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
(The fate of a man rests always within the hands of the gods)
Imagechelle
Mar 7, 2010 8:52 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Marti,
About how long did these take from cutting to transplanting? I've never tried them before.
Imagemarti
Mar 10, 2010 12:36 PM CST
Name: Mary (Marti) Nelson
Ventura, CA
Peace and long life
Taters sent the cuttings to me from Texas and I put them in water and they rooted within a week. After 3 weeks they had lots of roots and leaves started to pop out.
Tahlmorra lujhala mei wiccan
(The fate of a man rests always within the hands of the gods)
Imagechelle
Mar 10, 2010 1:11 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Wow, that's quick! I may try some this year, I'm still debating. I'm a bit concerned about having poisonous plants in the house. Their beauty is calling me though!
Imagechelle
Mar 10, 2010 1:13 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
BTW-
The pussies are showing little nubbins. Should have roots soon!
Imagegoldfinch4
Apr 13, 2010 9:40 AM CST
Name: Chris
Wisconsin z4
Coleus are super easy to root. You can root them in water or potting mix. If you root them in water, plant them as soon as roots begin to show because the roots are very fragile on these and they'll break off if they get too long. I set my jars for this in the sun while rooting.
mamajack
Jan 3, 2011 5:01 PM CST
Name: barb allison
Fate, Texas zone 8a
sweet potato vine........ipomoea batatas i think.

toad lilies
hardy hib

Imagechelle
Jan 3, 2011 5:31 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I did not know about those last two Barb - hardy hibs after or before they bloom? Do you know if it makes any difference when you start them?

mamajack
Jan 3, 2011 6:07 PM CST
Name: barb allison
Fate, Texas zone 8a
well i never took any of that into consideration. year before last the cuttings i took rooted in several weeks. last year i didn't have much luck. they need sun and heat to root the best i think. guessing i'd say you could root them any time. i have had rooted plants all along the branch. as i usually take a branch and cut it into smaller pieces.
ImagePerennialgirl
Jan 28, 2011 4:57 PM CST
Name: Donna
Winnipeg, Manitoba Zone 4
I'm rooting some lipstick cuttings I got from our Rona which is like the Home Depot.
Imagechelle
Jan 28, 2011 6:45 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
How is that one doing for you, Donna?

I've (so far) successfully overwintered a plectranthus rooted cutting in the house. It's getting large enough now that it needs re-potting, and while I'm doing that I think I'll snip off the tips and root some more. I want to try one snippet in water just to see what happens.

I also winter-over a purple sweet potato vine every year; it's in a big pot with a tropical honeybush. I'm thinking in a few weeks I'll start rooting some additional cuttings from it, as well. This particular vine is three years old now, I wonder how big the tubers are? I'd better re-pot it this year so that I can see them, there might not be much room left in there!
ImagePerennialgirl
Jan 28, 2011 8:31 PM CST
Name: Donna
Winnipeg, Manitoba Zone 4
It hasn't put out any roots yet. Here is what the blooms look like.

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Please post a picture of your honeybush and sweet potatoe vine. Is the honeybush the same as a Melianthus major?
Imagechelle
Jan 28, 2011 8:56 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
Those are gorgeously bright blooms!

Yes, it's a Melianthus. This is last year's pix - I haven't cut it back yet this winter and it's big and somewhat raggedy right now; like a small tree. I wonder what a cutting of it would do in a glass of water? The stalks are pretty thick, I don't imagine it would root.

Thumb of 2010-03-03/chelle/9f8746

I had the step-stool on top to keep the cat from laying in it! Hilarious!

ImagePerennialgirl
Jan 28, 2011 9:24 PM CST
Name: Donna
Winnipeg, Manitoba Zone 4
Hey you got to do what you got to do to keep the animals away from our babies... Hilarious!

Do you grow the honeybush for its leaves to make tea?

I found info that says - Propagation: Root basal or softwood cuttings in late spring or early summer.
Imagechelle
Jan 29, 2011 9:13 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
So right! In years past I've brought inside a huge dog crate (the open barred type) wrapped it in plastic (so paws can't reach in) and set my seed containers inside it, under lights.
I'm not going quite that far this year, although I have many, many more seeds to start. I want to try winter sowing most of them since my house is so small.

No tea from my honeybush, not yet anyway. I didn't even know it was edible. I just love the way it looks. I'm so glad that it does okay in a container, and can survive low light, and dry air conditions inside over the winter! So many neat tropical plants that I've tried to winter over just can't take the situation in stride.

Thanks for sharing the propagation information. It's about what I expected it would be; when you look into the base of it, it appears that you could just slice a section off and it would make a new plant. Smiling

ImagePerennialgirl
Jan 29, 2011 10:20 AM CST
Name: Donna
Winnipeg, Manitoba Zone 4
You're welcome! I know what you mean about overwintering tropical plants. I have lots that do great but passifloras will not always survive for me.
Imagechelle
Jan 29, 2011 11:23 AM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana
I haven't tried any passifloras yet.

About how many plants do you overwinter?

This year I kept it to a bare minimum, but I did bag up my carnivorous plants; and I dug, dried and stored my bulbs. Other than these, and the ones we've already discussed, that's it for me this year.
I'd also brought in my scented geranium, but I believe it's dead. There are some interesting sprouts in the pot, however, so I'm leaving it to see what they are. I think I may have sprinkled some chamomile seeds in there. Big Grin

I'm going to dig out my begonia seeds now - we'll see what happens! Smiling

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