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Quartz Hill, CA (Zone 8b)
Lisasgardens
Oct 26, 2015 5:13 PM CST
I just got soft wood and semi-? wood cuttings this morning and I need to plant them asap. My problem is that I don't have sand to mix with soil to root them. I don't have and don't want to buy grow lights either like one Google search told me to. I do have new potting soil and can place them inside when it gets to cold outside. Can anyone help give me some advice on rooting these cuttings please.
Thank you Lisa
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plantcollector
Oct 26, 2015 5:29 PM CST
I would treat them like any other cutting. High humidity put a clear plastic bag over them and no direct sunlight and don't let the potting mix dry out. I don't think you need sand just well draining potting mix. Good luck.
Quartz Hill, CA (Zone 8b)
Lisasgardens
Oct 26, 2015 5:35 PM CST
Thank you very much for the help. I will try that right now.
Thanks again
Lisa
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Oct 26, 2015 5:41 PM CST
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DavidLMO
Oct 26, 2015 9:28 PM CST
Lisasgardens said:I just got soft wood and semi-? wood cuttings this morning and I need to plant them asap. My problem is that I don't have sand to mix with soil to root them. I don't have and don't want to buy grow lights either like one Google search told me to. I do have new potting soil and can place them inside when it gets to cold outside. Can anyone help give me some advice on rooting these cuttings please.
Thank you Lisa


What Plantcollector said. I always try to have a bag of sand around cause I use a lot in my potting soil mixes. But no need to run and get some for this. It would help, but is definitely not necessary.

WRT grow lights. Balooney - never heard of it for cuttings. Seeds indoors, yes. Cuttings, no.

BTW - some perlite if you got it. Needs good drainage. Some rooting hormone will help too.

Good luck.
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Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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DavidLMO
Oct 26, 2015 9:29 PM CST
Lisasgardens said:I just got soft wood and semi-? wood cuttings this morning and I need to plant them asap. My problem is that I don't have sand to mix with soil to root them. I don't have and don't want to buy grow lights either like one Google search told me to. I do have new potting soil and can place them inside when it gets to cold outside. Can anyone help give me some advice on rooting these cuttings please.
Thank you Lisa


What Plantcollector said. I always try to have a bag of sand around cause I use a lot in my potting soil mixes. But no need to run and get some for this. It would help, but is definitely not necessary.

WRT grow lights. Balooney - never heard of it for cuttings. Seeds indoors, yes. Cuttings, no.

BTW - some perlite if you got it. Needs good drainage. Some rooting hormone will help too.

BTW-2: Welcome! to ATP.


Good luck.
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Quartz Hill, CA (Zone 8b)
Lisasgardens
Oct 26, 2015 10:28 PM CST
Thank you guys very much. I will get some sand to have on hand for next time. I do have rooting hormone on hand though I forgot to use it :(
Thanks again
Lisa
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DavidLMO
Oct 26, 2015 10:51 PM CST
Gently dig some soil from around the stem and try to keep away from the bottom. Tap a bit of rooting hormone in the hole and cover.

If you do a lot of cuttings I would suggest using some mycorrhiza - really helps with roots. A bit pricey so not worth a one shot cutting.

Good luck
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Quartz Hill, CA (Zone 8b)
Lisasgardens
Oct 27, 2015 12:03 AM CST
Great, I will try that if not to much. But will do the rooting hormone though.
Thank you for the help
Lisa

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