When to pot up rooted cuttings

rosewylde(z7 NC)June 9, 2006

My misting system (trialed last season and improved for this one) is working far beyond my expectations. So far I have about 70 rooted cuttings--some with the roots poking out of the 12 ounce opaque plastic cups that they were started in. How long do I have to wait before potting them up into gallon containers and moving them out from under the misting system? Do I go by top growth, length and number of roots??? Thanks for any help and suggestions.

Laurel

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mgleason56(Michigan 5b)

I pot up when roots are coming out of holes. I move mine to the bottom shelf on my misting system for 1 week, then move them out. The bottom of my sytem just gets sporadic misting, since no misters are located there.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2006 at 2:56PM
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michela

I too tried the misting system suggested by many at this site with much success so far!!! 3 weeks into the process have 45 clippings with leaves sprouting from the twigs - checked for roots today - none yet. Have 5 clippings per clear plastic pot. When do I move to soil and do I continue to mist at that point?

    Bookmark   June 9, 2006 at 9:17PM
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rosewylde(z7 NC)

mgleason, Thanks for your response. Potting up when the roots poke out certainly makes good sense, otherwise the little guys would be vulnerable to damage. Putting the potted up plants on a shelf underneath the system won't work for my set up, but i can have them to the side where they will receive sporadic misting.

michela, Yes, this is exciting. I thought 'Oklahoma' was fast--taking only 3 weeks to root, and then 'La Tosca' took only 17 days!! I have only one cutting per container so it's really easy to move them. When potting up I use a lightweight potting mix I make up of a commercial mix (one without added fertilizer) with pine bark fines and perlite added. mgleason seems to have the answer to your questions as they are much the same as mine.
Laurel

    Bookmark   June 11, 2006 at 10:18AM
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