Gesneriads forum: Clonex Solution

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Name: Holly Cooper
Covington, LA (Zone 8b)
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BayouBeadery
Feb 2, 2015 7:38 PM CST
Does anyone have experience with Clonex Solution? I'm not referring to the rooting get but rather the solution used to soak the growing medium. All I can find online is how to use it to grow "weed". It's supposed to provide nutrients and vitamins that not only stimulate the root growth, but aid in preventing shock when the rooted cutting is transplanted.
Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Feb 6, 2015 1:27 AM CST
Hi Holly I haven't used anything, I find gesneriads really easy to root if I keep the soil moist, or place them in something that keeps the moisture in (like a plastic bag or something)
I do use Shultz's liquid plant food (at low amounts) every other watering.
What are you trying to root??
I like your bead work. Something I used to do but haven't in a while, so now I have boxes and boxes of beads and supplies waiting Hilarious!
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Name: Holly Cooper
Covington, LA (Zone 8b)
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BayouBeadery
Feb 6, 2015 8:07 AM CST
Thank you. Beading is so addictive but I love it. I'm actually rooting impatiens but I know that violet collectors do a lot of rooting so I thought I'd ask here. Violets were my first love as a plant when I was a kid.

The impatiens root easily but I lose some of them when I put them in soil so I was wondering if the Clonex would make a difference. I don't think the issue is moisture because they're in a very humid greenhouse. I guess I'll give it a try and see what happens. I think hydroponic growers use the Clonex a lot.
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Name: mj
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mjsponies
Feb 6, 2015 8:50 AM CST
Holly, often plants rooted in water don't transplant to soil easily is because their roots are very fragile from rooting in water.
I've had much better success using Perlite with water. I fill a container such as you would use to root in water with Perlite, strike my cuttings and place them in the Perlite then fill with water. Keep enough water to keep the Perlite very moist but not "floating". I leave them till there is a "Mass" of roots . It makes for much stronger roots, and when you transplant just leave what ever Perlite sticks to the roots on the plant and pot up as usual.
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Name: Holly Cooper
Covington, LA (Zone 8b)
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BayouBeadery
Feb 6, 2015 6:18 PM CST
That makes sense. I think I'll try a few that way. Thank You!
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Feb 7, 2015 10:46 PM CST
MJ what a great idea! I think you should post that in the "ideas" portion of ATP (I know its not called that but can't remember what it is called - but you can get acorns for your ideas - and this one is a good one!) I've used perlite with soil and just planted to unrooted cuttings, but your idea sounds way better!
Mostly I think cuttings need lots of indirect light and consistent moisture to thrive!
Holly - when I bought my growlights from a store rather than online, everyone at the store was looking at me and talking to me as if I were buying them for "weed" - saying comments like "Yeah...SUCCULENTS! He wants the lights to grow SUCCULENTS!" I felt so totally guilty, and then kind of bad that it was a more boring venture than what they were thinking, since really I was growing succulents haha nodding Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Holly Cooper
Covington, LA (Zone 8b)
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BayouBeadery
Feb 8, 2015 1:09 AM CST
Isn't that goofy???? When I Googled for the Clonex, every discussion board that popped up and every You Tube video was weed boards and weed videos. They were all singing it's praises though and the cuttings in the videos had pretty impressive roots!
Name: mj
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mjsponies
Feb 8, 2015 8:01 AM CST
Holly, I know a guy who grows Hoya's in the "way up there" northeast. He uses grow tents and artificial lighting. He has amazing results as some Hoya's require very high humidity and light levels. When he was starting out he got most of his information from the "Weed" sights.

gg5 - I will write up a little post about using the perlite with water. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Feb 8, 2015 5:57 PM CST
Good luck MJ!
Holly, as a teenager I was a "pot head" I'll admit that, and now I live in a state where its legal, and I really don't have an issue with it, its just funny that there is such a strong assumption that this is what I'm doing - and "weed" was making me depressed so I stopped when I turned 20 haha! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Holly Cooper
Covington, LA (Zone 8b)
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BayouBeadery
Feb 9, 2015 10:43 AM CST
Personally, for a number of reasons, I think it should be legal everywhere. But, that's a discussion for another place.

I guess most of it is grown hydroponically now which has always interested me. I'd love to try growing some veggies that way. Especially tomatoes. We'll be moving sometime this summer and I'll have a bigger greenhouse so maybe I could try a small tomato set-up.

This is potting week (no pun intended Hilarious! ), so I'm going to start some cuttings in the perlite. I may add a tiny bit of diluted orchid food to the water on a few of them to see what happens.

Grow lights never enter my mind down here in the "Ozone Belt" but I guess you would need them for a lot of things in Seattle?
Name: mj
Central Florida
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mjsponies
Feb 9, 2015 12:53 PM CST
Holly I use grow lights in winter. Besides not having enough room in the greenhouse, I can keep some things going and blooming, start seeds, cuttings etc.

I wrote up a little ditty for the Idea's forum but who knows when it will get posted.
Here's some photo's of some Brug's I've done this way.

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Name: Holly Cooper
Covington, LA (Zone 8b)
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BayouBeadery
Feb 10, 2015 12:16 AM CST
Very nice on the brugs! I tip my hat to you. I can't wait to see how this method works out for me.

I've discovered that there's not ever enough room in ANY greenhouse. They're like stock pots. If you get a bigger pot, you just end up making a bigger batch of soup. Even my hibiscus bloomed all winter so I guess the lighting is okay. Don't laugh but I've got a Sea Grape out there that I drug back from Ft. Lauderdale last spring. It was about 2 feet high then and it's between 7 and 8 feet now and bumping it's head on the GH roof. It's my "child". I'd go into mourning if anything happened to it. I don't know what I'll do with it next winter. I guess I'll just have to get a bigger greenhouse.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Feb 10, 2015 2:28 AM CST
MJ love the photos!! Very cool!!
Holly, yep you got it, Seattle can be downright gloomy in the winter! For 2 winters now I've had growlights, and they seem like they help me, I don't feel like its been too bad winter wise I tip my hat to you.
I'm looking up what a seagrape is, never heard of it! I love that hardy hibiscus are getting so much attention in places like MI (where I'm from) they bloom large and pretty and add so much to a perennial bed! Thumbs up I like abutilon because they remind me of hibiscus also! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Holly Cooper
Covington, LA (Zone 8b)
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BayouBeadery
Feb 16, 2015 8:51 AM CST
I love abutilon and the giant hardy hibiscus blooms. We've gotten hooked on the Cajun hibiscus in the last year or so. They come in some beautiful colors but you really have to battle the bugs for them here. It seems like they're everything's favorite meal.

Did you find the sea grape? I think they're pretty with the big leathery leaves and the red veining. I have a few seeds that I picked up in Florida if you want to try to grow one. I'd be glad to send some to you.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Feb 17, 2015 1:12 AM CST
Holly that is so nice, I'm going to wait, but I may at some point take you up on your kind offer! Smiling I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
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donnabking
Apr 23, 2015 8:36 PM CST
Holly Cooper, what is a sea grape and a Cajun Grape ? Can you post pix ????
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Name: Holly Cooper
Covington, LA (Zone 8b)
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BayouBeadery
May 2, 2015 8:00 PM CST
Cajun Hibiscus are a group of hibiscus hybridized at Dupont Nursery here in Louisiana. These are some of mine. They're really spectacular plants and very healthy.
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This is a sea grape. I don't have a picture of mine but it's about 7 feet tall. They grow to mid sized trees in South Florida. Even mine has leaves near the size of a frisbee
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
May 3, 2015 1:18 AM CST
Those are just too pretty Holly! And I love your beadwork in your avatar! Thumbs up Thumbs up Now I have to go back and look at the hibiscus! Hurray!
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Donna King
Selmer, TN (Southern West TN) (Zone 7b)
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donnabking
May 3, 2015 5:06 PM CST
Beautiful ! Wow, the colors are amazing! Are the sea grapes edible? I didn't see any beadwork. One of the pix didn't load, must have been in that pix.
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Name: Holly Cooper
Covington, LA (Zone 8b)
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BayouBeadery
May 3, 2015 8:15 PM CST
Thanks Greg Smiling Donna, I don't know if they're edible. I do know they've got a pretty big seed in them. About the size of a pea. Greg was talking about the picture of the necklace I have as my avatar. Beading is my other hobby (besides plants).

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