rooting violet leaves

parr(4)April 18, 2012

I went to the post office today to find out how priority mail works so I can mail out some leaves. I and the mail lady were talking about how her Grandmother started leaves. She put them in a empty egg shell that still had the skin on the inside with a little dirt and started them that way She also said that her Grandmother would only take leaves from a nonblooming plant. anyone else ever here about these methods ?

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irina_co(z5 CO)

1. It will work. Probably will stink a bit.

2. The leaves from a non-blooming plant will root. The leaves from a blooming plant will root too.

I would say that this lady developed some methods that worked for her - she probably used dirt from the garden and didn't have access to modern fertilizers with microlelements - so her approach was good in her conditions and didn't do any harm. With more intense methods - when we keep the plants under the lights, use wicks, soilless mix, constant fertilizing - they bloom all the time - so waiting for them to stop blooming and use egg shells for the fertilizer that comes from the residual organic matter on the insides of the shells seems a bit too much.


    Bookmark   April 19, 2012 at 1:22PM
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Don't know if it would work but that must have look very cute like a little sail boat. :)

    Bookmark   September 1, 2013 at 12:38PM
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perle_de_or(Zone 7)

That's very interesting. I haven't heard of that, but I have heard of putting eggshells in the water you use for them.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2013 at 8:02PM
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The calcium from the shell supposedly leaches into the water.
Some growers use eggshell in their soil mixes.


    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 2:28AM
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