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Name: Donner
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Donnerville
Sep 12, 2016 1:42 PM CST
Almost time to root Brugs, coleus, and all the other good stuff.

As for myself, I rooted some Abutilon 'Fairy Coral Red' cuttings recently. They are doing well. They will bloom through the winter if given good light. Let me know if anybody wants one, hehe nodding .

Just got a bunch of fragrant viburnum cuttings from Francine at the swap (thank you, Francine), and rooted them.

I first soaked them in water to rehydrate them. I also used rooting powder to improve their chance to root (had never used it before). I rooted every scrap of cuttings out of the branches from Francine, including 4 little branch tips that didn't have a single leaf node. I saw it on TV that viburnum roots can grow out along the stems. Does that mean no leaf nodes will be needed at all? Not sure, but it doesn't hurt to test it out.

The ideal time for rooting viburnums is June. We will see if these will take. I rooted 22 cuttings, hoping at least a few will make it. Big Grin

I like using clear cups for rooting plants, so I can see it when roots develop.
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My little "greenhouses" for the cuttings.
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Name: Chantell
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Chantell
Sep 12, 2016 1:51 PM CST
God bless you Donner! Please let me know how the viburnums do. I am more than happy to try to root mine next June if that's the best time. She's plenty big enough (given my small area) to take some cuttings and root for folks. I'm tellin' you...I've only had luck with Hoyas and Jasmines. Any helpful hints from anyone would be great. I'd love to share my oldest gardenia with you all but am clueless with the rooting of the hardwood/semi-hardwood cuttings. Lovey dubby your greenhouses btw!!
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Name: Pat (Backward Glance)
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Sep 13, 2016 3:40 PM CST
What a good idea using the clear cups, Donner.
Name: Rick Moses
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Sep 13, 2016 5:10 PM CST
Anyone have advice on rooting rhododendron cuttings? Larry was out clearing one of the paths of ivy and cut a bunch of rhodie branches that were sticking out into the path. I was able to separate them so that each piece has a bit of the collar and stuck them in water for now. These are 'common' lavender in color, but I desperately want to root some of me Besse Howles, Capistrano, Henry's Red and Vulcan.
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Sep 13, 2016 6:11 PM CST
Good work on those, Donner.
I'm eyeballing some coleus for rooting. And I have heard Pentas referred to as an indoor plant. I might try to root some. My Brug Maya is very sluggish this year, but no matter what I will likely take a fat stem piece or two later to root.
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Name: Donner
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Sep 13, 2016 6:13 PM CST

Rick, this YouTube video gives great information on rooting Rhododendron cuttings. It seems that the video was made in September or October, which means it is probably the right season now to root your cuttings. Good luck.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TzAq5yMVktI


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Name: Gita Veskimets
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gitagal
Sep 15, 2016 3:13 PM CST
That was a nice video--I took quick notes....
Glad to say--that is pretty much how I have done do it---not that I have rooted many Rhodos....
a few....No growing frame (don't have one) just left the pots out all winter in a
protected spot. Yes! thwy did take about 2 years to be growing...

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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Sep 23, 2016 7:52 AM CST
I need to get going on my coleus if I'm going to keep them...I have a large dark red one that's done very well this year.
I have a few small self sown tropical milkweed that would pot easily. I'm not sure it's worth the effort though.
Maybe I'll just see what fits under one light shelf and leave it at that.
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Chantell
Sep 23, 2016 8:20 AM CST
Was just thinking that about the scented geraniums. Seriously considering taking cuttings and starting fresh for next spring...hmmm Confused
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Name: Sally
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sallyg
Sep 23, 2016 9:45 AM CST
I like taking cutting when plants get sort of big and would nee repotting soon. Then carry over a smaller plant thru winter Thumbs up although earlier in the year would be better to think of that Shrug!
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Chantell
Sep 23, 2016 11:27 AM CST
Yup was literally just thinking that...ugh
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Name: Donner
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Sep 23, 2016 6:52 PM CST

I have a Rhododendron ‘Fantastica’ which produces very pretty flowers. It is not a big plant, but it now has one branch that doesn't have flower buds on and can be used as a cutting. I probably will try to root it just to see what happens Rolling my eyes. .

The Abutilon cuttings have all survived. I have started to see their white roots through the clear cups nodding . The Viburnum cuttings are not doing well. Quite a few of them have dropped all the leaves Sad . We will see if at least a few of them can make it.

Sally, tropical milkweed seedlings should do fine staying in the ground over winter. You may want to label them so that you know where they are next spring.

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Name: Gita Veskimets
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gitagal
Sep 23, 2016 7:01 PM CST
My Tropical MW is on it's 3rd year outside. It has come up (even if it is late) every year.
I think I read here...somewhere--that they do come up late.

The Swamp MW especially. G.
Name: Chantell
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Chantell
Sep 23, 2016 8:53 PM CST
Donner - do you just use plastic drinking cups with holes punched?
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Name: Sally
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Sep 23, 2016 8:59 PM CST
thanks for that info re tropical milkweed! I have two sunny beds that they should surely be hardy in, then.
Taking cuttings is like eating potato chips.You can't just do one.
I took a couple coleus, and a couple pentas cuttings, to try.

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Name: Gita Veskimets
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gitagal
Sep 25, 2016 5:04 AM CST
I have red and white Pentas in my AC bed. Would be nice if they could carry over.

Sally--do you just take cuttings of the pentas like one would of coleus?
Never tried it....
Hmmm---time to, maybe, take some coleus cuttings. Oh, woe! They DO take up a lot of room.
OK--Off to an early day at work! G.
Name: Donner
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Sep 25, 2016 10:41 AM CST

Chantell, yes, they are just plastic drinking cups. I collected them after office parties. I know they are not expensive to buy, but I am just trying to reuse some of the plastics Rolling my eyes. .

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Sep 25, 2016 11:14 AM CST
I think it's brilliant!! I loved Jill's mini greenhouse using the McDs plastic cup w/dome lid.
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Name: Rick Moses
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RickM
Sep 25, 2016 11:49 AM CST
You can use the plastic containers that rotisserie chicken comes in as a mini greenhouse as well.
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Name: Gita Veskimets
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gitagal
Sep 25, 2016 5:25 PM CST
I recycle everything....ad nauseum....

I use a lg. cake lid, with a slit cut into it on top for the hook, as a baffle on my Finch feeder.
The bakery dept.'s as well as the produce containers are a gold mine for other uses.

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