Should I re-pot my meyer cuttings?

stickstring (Northern California 8b)July 23, 2014

Hello to all,
On 6/1/14 I took some meyer lemon cuttings and began the rooting process. Two of the 6 rooted. They are in small clear water cups filled with perlite and 10% peat and have a ziplock bag over the too of them for humidity. I do not know how many roots are enough roots to allow for a re-pot without killing the cutting. I can see two roots on both cuttings. One cutting has a root that starts in center of cup, works it's way out to edge of cup, all the way down and now starting it's way back up, while the second root has worked down the side of the cup 2 inch's or so.

Does anybody have a picture of rooted meyer lemon cuttings at the "safe" to re-pot stage. I have been really babying these cuttings as I am praying I get atleast one to survive and would hate to pull them out of the growing medium and into the Al's 5-1-1 mix to have then die due to insufficient roots.

Thank you!

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meyermike_1micha(5)

What I do is stick those pots into another pot and wait until next summer to repot letting those roots fill the pot and possibly reach into the other...

By then, you can repot with no ill affect at all and have a beautiful healthy plant where the roots belong in darkness)

MIke

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 7:04PM
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stickstring (Northern California 8b)

Mike, thank you for the response. I suppose my problem is they are currently not in "pots" but very small clear drinking cups. I will attach a poor picture although you can see the cup in the background. I am worried the roots will become rootbound. Although I could be completely wrong and they may be fine. Not sure.
Thanks,
Nick

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 7:11PM
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stickstring (Northern California 8b)

This was one of my cuttings that I had high hopes for. I went to our ranch for a few days, got home and all the leaves had dropped off (new growth). 2 days later the cutting turned black and died. When I pulled it, it never grew roots. Only two of my 6 cuttings took roots, although seem to be doing great.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 7:16PM
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Steve, Micro (6B ground, 5B roof)

Wait till the roots just start wrapping, then transplant.

Steve

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 11:07PM
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stickstring (Northern California 8b)

Thank you for the help. My plan is to slowly make cuts into the ziplock back covering the cups in order to slowly start "hardening" the cuttings. When should I begin this process? I was thinking a two week process? Should I wait for a bigger root system? Or is this process ok to begin now that I know roots are present?
Thanks

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 2:19AM
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stickstring (Northern California 8b)

Any thoughts?

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 1:52AM
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stickstring (Northern California 8b)

Any thoughts?

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 1:54AM
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meyermike_1micha(5)

You already hardened them as soon as you took these pics without the bags...They will be just fine especially this time of the year with humidity in abundance

Mike

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 9:22AM
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stickstring (Northern California 8b)

Mike thank you for taking the time to help me out . Much appreciated. I attached a few pics of the roots of my two meyer lemon clippings I have taken. They are currently at 2 months. When the roots first made it to the edge of the cup and were visible, they seemed to be growing at a very fast rate. I saw noticeable differences every two days. The last two weeks or so I have seen no change whatsoever. Any thoughts or reasonings for this? I still keep them covered in ziplock bags.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 10:11PM
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stickstring (Northern California 8b)

This picture and the one above are from one of my cuttings.

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 10:13PM
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stickstring (Northern California 8b)

This is a pic of my second rooted cutting

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 10:15PM
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stickstring (Northern California 8b)

This is the second pic of my second cutting. Sorry for the poor quality pics. That's for the information. I have really been trying to soak up as much info as possible. These cuttings mean a lot to me and I have really been trying hard to make sure I do everything right. I only have these 2 left out of 6 I originally started with.

Thanks !
Nick

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 10:18PM
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