Cuttings into plants
This is like Rumplestiltskin - spinning straw into gold. We're turning a leaf into a whole new plant - and maybe even more than one new plant! You gotta love how this stuff works.
But, I've not done it yet and I've read many different things. I'm sure that all of them work....for someone. I guess I want to know what each of you have found that works well for you or have seen that seems to work well for everyone who uses it.
Here are a list of things I've read:
Stick the leaf in water to root
Cut the petiole to 1 1/2", stick in potting mix
Cut the petiole to 1", poke a skewer into the potting mix, then stick the stem in the hole made by the skewer and gently push the mix around the leaf
Cut the petiole at a 45 degree angle only 1/2" long and stick into the mix at an angle so that the babies come up more quickly
Cut as above, cut off the root tip, dip in Rootone or other rooting hormone, now place in potting mix
OK, I won't continue, but here seem to be the variables:
How long to cut the petiole
Whether or not to cut the leaf tip off
How far to insert the leaf into the soil (to the edge of the leaf?)
What angle to insert the leaf into the soil
Whether or not to use rooting hormone
What potting mix to use
Whether to use a plastic bag or covered container of some kind
I think that's about it...but you may know more. Those are the differences that I remember from what I read.
I just don't want to goof up. Sure, there are more leaves where these came from, but these leaves are alive and I hate killing things.
So, if anyone can provide any information as to why to cut the petiole a specific length or at an angle and why to place it in the mix a particular way or one potting mix is better, etc., I would be eternally grateful.