Strange Question about cuttings

msmorningsong(SW FL 10A)August 17, 2011

I know this is a strange question, but can a cutting of brug be painted in one coat of good peeley latex paint and still be viable (for beginning rooting) a few weeks later? Of course, the paint would be gently peeled off at that time. Any thoughts on this?

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karyn1(7a)

No. A brug stem won't hold moisture like a plumeria or succulent cutting. Sealing it will just lead to rot. Storing it wrapped in a lightly moistemed paper towel in the fridge might hold it for a week but I'm not even sure if that would work. Why do you need to store the cutting?

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 3:06PM
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ruth_ann(Z5 Ont.Can.)

Karyn and MsMorningSong I have discarded cuttings, branches and stems on the lawn, forgotten to clean them up for a couple of weeks and still had them root fine after a night in the bathtub of cool water. Sometimes I will allow the cutting to callous a little for 24 hours and then they don't seem to rot on me as often. I would think left in the fridge without any moist towel on the open wound ant they would still be ok.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 8:19PM
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rmbill(6a)

Last fall I cut up my plants I put the cuttings in plastic storage boxes from office Depot with nothing else and they stayed good until I sent them all out as much as a month later. With no water they started getting nubbies. As far as I know they were all viable. Nobody complained anyway.
Bill

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 9:15PM
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karyn1(7a)

Last winter I rescued a bunch of cuttings from the compost pile. Not sure how many weeks had passed but we had experienced a couple of nights with freezing temps. I'd say that 75% of the cuttings made it. That's why I figured they'd be ok in the fridge for a while. I don't toss branches in the compost pile or even on the ground during the summer because they'll root where they land. I bag them up and they rot pretty fast.

Bill I'm surprised they made it that long out of water. Were they in a cool location? I'm sure they were ok or you certainly would have heard something. I've taken cuttings and have forgotten to put them in water. After a week on the garage floor they're toast.

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 8:43AM
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rmbill(6a)

I think the moisture from the cuttings themselves was enough to sustain them. The plastic boxes didn't allow them to dry out.
Bill

    Bookmark   August 18, 2011 at 4:03PM
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msmorningsong(SW FL 10A)

Thanks everyone. I was just trying to think of new ways to preserve cuttings if they had to make long journey. Good answers

    Bookmark   August 29, 2011 at 10:10PM
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Ament(5a SD)

Well, the two cuttings of brugs Bill sent me made it just fine. One dropped all her leaves due to the heat, but I put her in a pot, watered her with a bit of a coffee tea and regular water every few days and now she's doing most excellent. Miss Emily Mackenzie is the one that dropped all the leaves. Emerald Frost took the trip better. :)

~Tina

    Bookmark   September 3, 2011 at 4:19AM
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msmorningsong(SW FL 10A)

Sounds good Tina Marie. This time next year you should have seen blooms at least twice, and maybe even three times :)

    Bookmark   September 3, 2011 at 7:05PM
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pizzuti(5A)

To ship cuttings I'd stuff them in a bag of BARELY-moistened perlite or peat moss, and then box them. If they're thick stems they can take a lot of punishment, but I think they still need oxygen so I wouldn't seal them in anything.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2011 at 3:23AM
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