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Dec 29, 2015 2:49 PM CST
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Name: Molly McKinley
Florida Tundra (Zone 9a)
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Some 12 years ago I gave an established plant to a friend in S. Florida. It did well, she sold her house and moved to Jacksonville, Fl to a rental. Moved again to a bought house. Took the plant with her. Now she moving again and not taking the tree.

She offered to dig it up and give it to me, and I thought it would be easier for her to take about a half dozen cuttings and send them in the mail. She is going to do that. Was taking the cuttings 2 days ago before the weather turns colder.

I looked up in the plant information on taking cutting for propagation. I was under the impression I could start them in soil with root powder. Have done some reading in these forums and found conversations on rooting in vases of water.

What is the best way to do this with the highest percentage of success?

Molly
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Dec 29, 2015 7:20 PM CST

Hi old wood cuttings water green cuttings I do in pearlite 100% in a draining pot keep moist works for me . I tip my hat to you.
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Dec 29, 2015 10:57 PM CST
Name: Elaine
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I root all my cuttings in water first. You get nubbins starting in a week or so if you keep them warm. Roots in 2 weeks. Don't change the water, as the cuttings themselves secrete their own rooting hormones.

Pot them up as soon as the roots are growing, so they will be stronger. (but I've kept them in water only for months, even had a cutting bloom in a vase of water, then potted and they took off).

Very easy, either way I think.
Elaine

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Dec 31, 2015 4:04 AM CST
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Name: Molly McKinley
Florida Tundra (Zone 9a)
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Thank you for your help. Hopefully they will arrive today and I'll follow your advice. Smiling

Molly
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Dec 31, 2015 7:19 PM CST
Name: David Laderoute
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dyzzypyxxy said:I root all my cuttings in water first. You get nubbins starting in a week or so if you keep them warm. Roots in 2 weeks. Don't change the water, as the cuttings themselves secrete their own rooting hormones.

Pot them up as soon as the roots are growing, so they will be stronger. (but I've kept them in water only for months, even had a cutting bloom in a vase of water, then potted and they took off).
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I agree

I did an experiment - one in water the other in potting media. The latter failed. As soon as the first had nubbies, I moved it to media and it did great.
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Jan 1, 2016 12:50 PM CST
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Name: Molly McKinley
Florida Tundra (Zone 9a)
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Good information to know. Cuttings have not yet arrived. Sad
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Jan 16, 2016 12:19 PM CST
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Name: Molly McKinley
Florida Tundra (Zone 9a)
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They finally arrive on Tuesday and they are in a vase of water on the kitchen counter. Am keeping them as warm as my heater can keep me. Good thing I was home when they came, that morning it was 28 degrees outside. They were still warm in the box from the mail truck.

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Feb 11, 2016 6:08 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Molly McKinley
Florida Tundra (Zone 9a)
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It's been nearly a month now and there are some nice roots growing on them. Maybe this weekend I'll pot them up, but they will have to go in the garden tub. It's too cold even in the guest house to put them anywhere else.

I have been trying to root some sweet almond, but they haven't taken.....so the last bush that hadn't gone dormant, I took cuttings and put them in the vase with the CG. If the CG excretes rooting hormone, maybe it will help the almond. Got nothing to lose trying.

I used to keep willow cuttings in a bucket to use the water as a rooting hormone, but since the last two cuttings turned into small trees, I planted them and they died. Need to find some more willows.

Molly
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Feb 11, 2016 6:44 PM CST
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
Ignoring Zones altogether
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