Attempted to root a cutting - now what?

amyinalabamaMay 22, 2007

So, I rooted a cutting but what's next? I followed the instructions on the rooting hormone, then put the cutting in potting soil. What do I do to baby it along? Right now it's outside in the shade - should it be brought in? How will I know if worked? How long do I wait and what will I see to clue me in? I'm purposefully not mentioning the plant - I'd like to know in general terms please.


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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

water it... perhaps bag it to increase humdity .... AND WAIT ...

when roots grow out the bottom of the pot.... it has rooted ...

no further info without proper ID .. ken

    Bookmark   May 22, 2007 at 5:28PM
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little_dani(9, S. Tex Coast)

Different plants require different things.

Don't let it dry out.


    Bookmark   May 22, 2007 at 10:35PM
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Thanks. This one's a hydrangea but I was hoping to follow the same advice for the zillions of plants I want to try this with, lol. Ok, well not zillions, but at least everything in my yard. :)

As far as bagging it - how does that work? Just in a ziplock? Does it need sun or shade?

Also, does the size of the pot matter? This one's pretty big compared to the cutting. I didn't think much of it til I saw the comment about roots growing out the bottom!


    Bookmark   May 23, 2007 at 10:29AM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

never in sun ... there aren't any roots to take up water .... bright shade ...

small pots... just because a zillion pots later.. you wont have a yard left .. lol ...

a baggie .. clear ... the idea is to create a small greenhouse to increase humidity .. so that the leaves can soak up some moisture that the lack of roots aren't providing for the plant ...

in a baggie.. there would be no water loss .. you could use 6 oz plastic cups .. with the bottom crease slit for drainage ....


    Bookmark   May 23, 2007 at 12:21PM
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Thanks! Very helpful!

    Bookmark   May 23, 2007 at 8:02PM
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I'm in your same zone and I rooted a couple of hydrangeas in April and I didn't even cover them (I just forgot to). They rooted just fine. I potted them up this week. I even accidently turned the blower on them back in May when I was blowing the leaves off my deck and they still did fine. Hydrangea cuttings are pretty darn forgiving. They don't even seem to mind my continued pulling to see if the roots are holding! Good luck!

    Bookmark   June 7, 2007 at 1:12AM
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