What are the best, fastest, and most prolific plants?

plantsandherbs(North Carolina)May 12, 2007

What are the best, fastest, and most prolific plants?

This is a general open-ended disscussion. Feel free to add any thoughts.

As for myself:

I will start the list with mint, coleus, and spider plants. Mint and colues are the easiest instant rooters ever. Spider plants continualy send off shooters.

Eventually we will get a pretty good list as long as people will bother to post their expireances.

Thanks

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cody_mi(z5 MI)

sedums, sempervivums, salvias, willow, fescue

    Bookmark   May 13, 2007 at 10:32AM
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ben_birding(z3 AR)

Cynanchum laeve is the quickest grower I have seen. It's simple to root the cuttings, and it's the easiest seeds to germinate of all the milkweeds that I've grown.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2007 at 6:47PM
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trace00969

Fastest plants.....I would have to say any of the tradescantia family.....wandering Jew, Moses in a Boat, Purple Heart. I am having wonderful luck with my Jade pothos and my Marble Queen pothos.....these are very easy to take cuttings from as well. All my philos are growing b4 my eyes.....including my heart leaf, my split leaf and my philo congo.

I am finding African Violets are pretty easy to care for and keep healthy....but I know there is some controversy there.

I could keep rambliing on but these are my first thoughts!!

Tracy

    Bookmark   May 14, 2007 at 11:20AM
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albert_135(Sunset 2 or 3)

The fastest and most prolific plants are called "weeds". Most places they are not thought of as the best. There may some exceptions, for example sunflowers in some locations.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2007 at 1:28PM
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newskye(uk-8b)

Fuchsias and petunias are very quick too. Oh, and ficus cuttings. And impatiens.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2007 at 10:07AM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Sedums and mums are always quick and easy for me.

Sue

    Bookmark   May 18, 2007 at 12:31AM
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amany(MI / 6)

Kalanchoes are really fast.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2007 at 9:43PM
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santi_rodriguez

in my experience lemon verbena, any little cut roots within weeks in a sunny window. Tomato plants, all the side shoots that i pick off become in weeks full grown plants.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2007 at 6:27PM
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Vangy(SW Mi)

Regular basil roots quickly and proficiently. Cork screw willow tree, roots quickly.
Honeysuckle takes a little longer.
Purple passion & swediah ivy, of which I now have several rooted.
All of theabove I have rooted in water.
As well as roses, and wisteria, but they take a long time.

Vangy likes to play in the dirt

    Bookmark   July 4, 2007 at 6:54PM
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ibartoo(z8 sc)

I have found that azaleas, gardenias ( both jasminoides and radicans,) perilla and monarda root the fastest for me.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2007 at 3:16PM
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origami_master(5b)

I've never been able to root anything in water or soiless mix (trust me I've tried everything) the only things that I have been able to show signs of rooting before roting is some oleander. I find that sweet potato vine roots really quickly, I had a piece from walmart and it had roots in one day, everytihng in the ipopmea family is fast

    Bookmark   July 15, 2007 at 9:43AM
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bern_2007

origami master, do you use a water softner? Because that can cause your plant not to root. because of salt.
I root fushia, geranium, impatients, ivies, wax begonia both in water and soil. fastest for me would be german ivy.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2007 at 10:26PM
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drkriley

Fuschia, rosemary, citronella geranium are those I do regularly, though I'm trying roses and have gotten gardenias before (but they died soon after planting...see the gardenia forums on that one!!!)

    Bookmark   April 28, 2009 at 3:05PM
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jet_ny(7)

I had good results from hydrangea "endless summer". I have no experience with other hydrangeas.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2009 at 5:17AM
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opal52(z7b GA)

From cuttings, sedum, chrysanthemums, and lantana are quickest for me. Abelia and gardenia cuttings root dependably, they just take longer.

I have had very good results layering rosemary and hydrangeas (lacecap). I have no luck so far rooting cuttings from oak leaf hydrangeas although I have tried many many times. This year, I will try layering and hope that works as well as with the lacecaps.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2009 at 9:24AM
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greenelephant(Woodinville WA)

Just look at the weeds that pop up in your gardens. They are the champs :)

    Bookmark   May 11, 2009 at 12:46AM
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gypsysunrise

So far, i've had good luck with Lemon Balm, Basil, Honeysuckle vine, and Golden Moneywort. I seem to be having decent luck with some wild roses i'm trying to get started.....so far. lol

    Bookmark   June 23, 2009 at 4:45PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

Grapevines grow fast, are hard to kill, easy from cuttings, and they give back!!

    Bookmark   June 25, 2009 at 10:18AM
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peterson

Bananas...I've measured leaves that grew six inches a day.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2009 at 11:18AM
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auntyara(5a)

rose of sharon.
roots in water or potting mix with or without hormones.
also mums, fuchsias, verbenas,blue beards, snow in the summer.
all kinds of mints.
I could go on and on.
Hard for me... red leaf sand cherry.
last year i only had one surviver. wish me luck i've got a few dozen cuttings still under cover.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2009 at 9:15PM
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bookjunky4life(5 Central IL)

I've been rooting in water a variety of sedum similar to "Autumn Joy" but with pink flowers since I was 5 years old.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2009 at 10:57AM
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