Brakelight plantlets ... how to root?

roselee z8b S.W. TexasFebruary 19, 2014

A dear Texas lady who comes to the San Antonio Plant Swap mailed three Red yucca Brakelight plantlets that had formed on stem of her plant after blooming. She purchased it last year. I'm thrilled!

I've read that they don't form seeds, but hadn't heard anything about plantlet formation. My regular red yucca produces seeds only. So I won't be removing the stems too soon after flowering if this proves to be a habit of the brakelight cultivar and I want more plants at that point.

What's the best way to insure they root? Should the cactus soil in the pot be moistened or dry? Or should they go in soil at all before roots show? Light shade? I have root tone if that would help.

Thank you!

This post was edited by roselee on Wed, Feb 19, 14 at 20:14

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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Well, I guess it's pretty much a no brainer. They were dipped in 'root tone', placed in cactus soil, not watered, and placed in bright shade. It may be three years, or more (?), until they bloom, but here's hoping ... :-)

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 12:10PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

I have never rooted these type of bulbils off of hesperaloes, Ragna, but I imagine that rootone and placed in a fast draining soil and misted. It might take awhile till you feel some resistance or see a few nubs. It looks like there are some beginnings of nubs on the two.. Once they spring switch to watering. Agave bulbils are pretty quick. I have never used the rootone on them but that's not to say it might not help. I just don't know. Not part of my experience.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 10:42PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Thanks Mara! I hadn't thought about the misting, but it makes sense.

Thanks too for the reminder that they're called 'bulbils'. I had forgotten.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 11:20PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

If you make the medium loose and granular, you can check on the roots easily. It is the right time of year. They should be starting to make a move with spring. Now if we could only get some rain. I am not a very good mister. I forget.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 11:33PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

If you make the medium loose and granular, you can check on the roots easily. It is the right time of year. They should be starting to make a move with spring. Now if we could only get some rain. I am not a very good mister. I forget.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 11:34PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Mara, at one of our plant swaps I received some plants that you had rooted. They were almost like ... suspended ~ ! -- above some loose gravely stuff and had rooted. That was the best lesson in rooting succulents I could have ever received. :-)

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 11:50PM
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wantonamara Z8 CenTex

Some succulents don't need soil to root. I often use absorbent rocks to creat dark moist atmosphere . If this is what you are talking about. That works with echeverias and cuttings of graptoverias..

I think I am almost finished throwing out all my dead agaves. Some are still dying. SHEESH.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 12:08AM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

Yes, succulents ...

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 12:53AM
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