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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Jan 20, 2018 12:24 PM CST
Impulsively, I stuck this cut stem (well, broken, technically, I was in a hurry) in this jar of water a couple months ago. Wanted to save it but really didn't want even 1 more pot to water and the existing pots were full. Not supposed to work, should have ended in a rotten mess by now. But wow, has this been easy to tend... glance @ occasionally & admire. I added a little more water once. In about 6 weeks, it can go in the ground outside again. I think it will still be fine by then.

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Kalanchoe blossfeldiana. It laid in a cardboard box from the time it was harvested until the next day.

I'm so intrigued, I'm going to try more of this. I am not making a recommendation that others should rely on this for propagating their plants, just reporting an interesting thing that has happened. I have a TON of these for unconventional experiments.

Most stems were potted regularly.
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Well, sort of. In pots of soil anyway, though not necessarily in the top.
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What have you done, impulsively or otherwise, that shocked you when it ended well?





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Name: Lindsey
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ljones26
Jan 21, 2018 4:14 PM CST
Same for me, my graptoveria 'Fred Ives' (which was orphaned so I took) was extremely etiolated so I thought hey let's plop it in some water and see what happens, and it LOVES IT!
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Also, I constantly knock off parts of my Wandering Jew accidentally, so I stick them in water also and they are doing great!

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Frenchy21
Jan 21, 2018 6:44 PM CST
@purpleinopp I also put Kalanchoe blossfeldiana cuttings in water and they root rather quickly. Mine stayed healthy all summer as long as I kept changing the water occasionally. They look very pretty in interesting bottles or jars. Smiling

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I plan to try with other succs that I need to cut back. Sticking tongue out

Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Feb 17, 2018 11:18 AM CST
Fantastic! I have not changed the water, but I did add a little more a couple times. Now blooming!

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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Apr 6, 2018 12:17 PM CST
I wanted to see what would happen if I put this propagated leaf where the roots could go into soil. The mama leaf is so heavy, it would not stay in place, so I stuck a clip on the bottle & used a piece of foil to keep the leaf in place. I think the new foliage will be big enough to remove the clip & foil soon. Can you see the roots in the water?

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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Apr 18, 2018 7:27 AM CST
The mama leaf is almost spent. I gave it a tug yesterday but it's not quite ready to let go. The plantlets (I think there are 2) are big enough to not fall into the bottle. This will be fun to watch. I plan to leave them in water indefinitely, to see what happens, though may need to move them to a vessel with a wider opening at some point.
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Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Aug 4, 2018 5:41 AM CST
A stem of Graptosedum, dried for about a week, then put in water 2 weeks ago.
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Aug 4, 2018 6:46 AM CST
My ex-boyfriend roots succulents in water all the time. Depending on the species and the type of root system, I personally find that the roots formed in water are slightly weaker than the ones formed in or on soil. Once you put the plant in soil, it has to form a majority of new roots again and the fresh water-soaked nodes are now in danger of soil-borne pathogens.
Keep going!
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Aug 4, 2018 7:09 AM CST
I am not advocating or promoting, just experimenting, observing, & reporting here.
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Aug 4, 2018 7:38 AM CST
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Aug 4, 2018 2:28 PM CST
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And it is fun to watch the experiments.

I do agree with Jack on the water roots being weaker though but it is interesting to sacrifice some excess plants for these experiments too.
Be content moving inch by inch because, by days end, the inches, will add up to feet and yards.

Fulfilling ambitious objectives is usually done one step at a time.
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Aug 5, 2018 6:47 AM CST
TY, glad you also find the experiments interesting. I don't think in terms of sacrifice, and don't do anything to plants that I think will harm them, but more about exploring possibilities, trying to recreate things that others have done, amassing experiences to form a baseline for future comparisons, and recognizing that there are various paths, not just one, that one could be used to work toward a goal. If one has always done things one way, it may seem the most successful if no alternative is ever tried, but it may not be the most successful (according to whatever the goal is in a specific instance.) There would be no way to gauge that without amassing some experience with at least 1 alternative to have a basis for comparison.

Propagating a multitude of individuals is the key to experimenting. It takes years to try to gauge a single individuals' various tolerances to various conditions, and it would be experiencing the variations at different stages/ages, which is not as specific of a comparison. But if one has 5 of something, the 5 individuals can have 5 different experiences in a single year, reducing the time needed for comparison by 80%.
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Aug 5, 2018 11:53 AM CST
A few piece of this plant broke off so I stuffed it into the ground neat the plant and they took root so I'm now doing an experiment with one inside.
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The one in the back is doing well! Hurray!
Name: Tiffany purpleinopp
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purpleinopp
Aug 11, 2018 2:43 PM CST
Kalanchoe 'Fang' leaf that was on a sunny windowsill for about a month. When it started showing roots, I put the tip in this bottle, about 2 weeks ago.
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A couple stems of K. pinnata, dried overnight after being cut, then put in water 2 weeks ago.
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Name: Stefan
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skopjecollection
Aug 11, 2018 2:48 PM CST
Purpleinopp, the practice with fang is to leave them upside down, and from the spikes plantlets emmerge. Its rate of success is 2/3.
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purpleinopp
Aug 11, 2018 3:35 PM CST
That sounds interesting, TY. But this is the first I've heard of it. Do you have any pics?

I've made a lot of babies by waiting for the leaves to take root in the upright position, which is the side already used to having the sun shine on it. None have made any plantlets until substantial roots were showing, and then they have grown only at the petiole. Eventually the mama leaf shrivels away & there is one or more cute baby plants started.
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IME with succulent leaves, they burn easily if they get turned over, then the necrotic, burned spot just grows really fast & the leaf is lost.

The post is about things that go against the CW, not a "how I recommend to propagate your plants" post, and I love a new experiment to try. :+)


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skopjecollection
Aug 11, 2018 11:11 PM CST
Of course. The idea isnt my own, i saw it on the web. Thought it was silly, then i tried it out.
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purpleinopp
Aug 12, 2018 5:43 AM CST
Interesting, TY. Did you take any progress shots leading up to that moment? I can't really tell what happened from that pic but I see several adorable babies. I would love to try it, even if it is less reliable. If I can remember when I get outside, I'll snap off a few leaves to get started.
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skopjecollection
Aug 12, 2018 6:30 AM CST
Most are either from broken or old leaves, laid downside up, Takes a month to start growing, if it doesnt dry out first. While they did grow considerably, They are still smaller than the parent. On a side not, lost the earlier ones due to wind accident, so they were discarded.
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purpleinopp
Aug 18, 2018 10:09 AM CST
Another K. blossfeldiana stem put in water about 3 weeks ago:
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Peperomia verticillata, either 2 or 3 weeks ago:
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K. rosei stems from 2 weeks ago:
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All stems were dried overnight before being put in water. All of these have been propagated many times by sticking just-cut stems in soil.

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