Baby from section of leaf
I got my first baby from a section of the leaf.. Ness Orange Pekoe.. I have never sectioned off the leaf before and decided to try it out.. it worked!! I section off a leaf in 8 sections and still have enough for the leaf stalk. Sometimes I can get up to 10.. depending on the size of the leaf. Mini's you can forget 10.. more like 2-3. So far I have almost 2000 leaf stalks and sections down.. each section should produce one or more babies and the leaf can produce up to unlimited babies. But I am just expecting one.. if there is more I will be dancing or DEAD!!
So far I have lost about 6 leaf stalks and/or sections.. everything is rooting. Now you know what I will be doing this winter.. POTTING AND POTTING AND POTTING!!
I look at a leaf and say "well let's see how many sections I can get off you!!"
I do not use roottone on my leaf stalk.. but do use roottone with fungicide on my sections. NO CINNAMON.. I tried that and it did NOT work!! But the roottone does work. I put the section just barely beneath the soil, leaving as much of the leaf as possible above. You just want to have contact with the soil.. not bury it!! When I put it in the soil.. I press the soil against the section gently.
I use aluminium pans with lids.. so when the pan is full I cover it with the plastic lid and set it under my lights.. forget it.. until about 2 months then I look to see how it is doing. At that time I may mist it again, lightly, with diluted fertilize for a boost, cover it up again and look in about 2 months again. That is when I discovered I had a baby coming up.. now for the others.. not sure how long it will take for these sections.. but I have plenty of time and if they do not do anything by spring, I will toss them out.. 8 months is long enough to give them a chance to produce!!
At first I did not have lights so I put them near my windows in every room.. when I finally put up a shelf with lights I put them under the lights.. I think this helped a lot. I have noticed all my babies are growing so much faster than in natural light.
Still need to get more shelves.. finally found a new (in the box) metal shelf at an estate sale for $4.. saved a bundle. It is 72 x 18 x 36 inches, so it will be find until I can get another one. I hang 4 ft lights as they are cheaper than 3 ft lights.. with the extended light, there is no loss of light at the end. And the light end that is extended off the shelf, I am able to put another container of leaves right on top, it gets light from the light above. Plus I can put some containers on the floor right under the extended light.. so I am not losing much. You can also hang baggies of leaves or plants off the end of the shelves.. they get lots of light there and do not burn.
Where there is a will there is ALWAYS a way!!