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Feb 9, 2013 12:00 AM CST
|I am new to try propagating Schlumbergera. All the reading I did talk about cutting and planting the new cuttings but one of my cactus is sending small white strings between segments.|
Are these roots? if they are how can I replant them without breaking them?
Thank you for your help.
Feb 9, 2013 9:45 AM CST
|Hi Jmichel --|
I propagate by using short pieces of stem containing several segments. Cuttings are dried for about a week, forming a callus at the broken end. Then they can be rooted in an open growing medium. Warm temps and long days with short nights can speed up the rooting.
Hope this helps.
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Feb 12, 2013 4:00 PM CST
|The things your talking about are roots of a type.All of my CC's have them growing from between most segments,personally i cut them off if they get to unsightly but that's on my big plants.When propagating i take usually 3 segments,let them sit out in a cool,dry place about 4 days.This lets the segment that was cut or twisted (i twist) off the parent plant to callous over,preventing an opening for fungus to enter & they don't seem to rot as much. I only mist my cuttings,never pour water into them they will rot very easily if left in wet soil.I propagate mine in small solo cups & only mist every couple days at first.As they grow roots the soil will dry out sooner and the segments will thicken & stiffen back up,you may even see new growth a sure sign it's rooting well.They always grow the white roots from between the segments your talking about but i simply pay them no attention.I leave the cuttings in the small plastic cups until i think they have a good root system.I usually wait until the end of the summer to pot the cc starters unless they look stressed.|
Sorry if i gave you more info than you needed but it wasn't really clear how far along you were with you cuttings!!! Hope i helped keep asking and someone who knows more than me will chime in.
GOOD LUCK !!!!
A green thumb comes only as a result of the mistakes you make while learning to see things from the plants point of view!!
Feb 12, 2013 4:03 PM CST
|JoJoe, the cuttings themselves (in the red dixie cups) look impressive already!|
Feb 23, 2013 9:13 AM CST
|Thank you JoJoe and Songofjoy! Your information are very helpful.|
Feb 23, 2013 11:46 PM CST
|If I may I can add some more. Those are roots all right. In its natural environment it uses them to cling on to other surfaces. For example, if you grow them against a wall soon you will find them clinging and cladding the wall or a tree for that matter. Just like Aroids do. The rest is as per prescription given above.|