S. parva variegate....can I cut root the top?

woodnative(6)August 28, 2012

This BEAUTIFUL S. parva yellow variegate was GENEROUSLY sent to me a while back by a VERY GENEROUS GW member who also really knows how to grow Sans. This is also an unstable type of variegation.......the distribution of green and yellow on the new growth is near perfect. However, it is slow to pup, and all the new pups have been just a pale green/yellow (see the pup in the upper right of the photo). I am guessing the base of the plant, where the pups originate, is mostly green/yellow. Would it make sens to cut the top of this parva, and root it? The idea is that the new plant from the top would have a better chance of later throwing out pups that have more variegation. Opinions/input?

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elichka(6b)

Woodnative

Beautiful parva. Unfortunately I can't suggest you since I'm not experienced w/variegated sans.
but I'd like to ask you if you decide to cut and root would you do it now or next year? does it make sense to root now? i remember you are in NJ, so we are neighbors, similar conditions.

Inna

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 10:26AM
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bonsaigai(NY Zone 6)

Opinion, I guess. It may have a better chance. I think I remember Norma saying that you need 2" of rhizome to insure variegation. I do think that you should wait until next spring as the temperatures now are going down for us up North. I am going to try a few things now, but I'm putting everything on heat mats.

Michael
Interlaken, NY Z6

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 10:40AM
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Stush2049(Pitts., Pa. 6)

Woodnative,
Do you have a warm spot at work. Maybe inside a 10 gallon fish tank over a warm heater vent. Just guessing but bottom heat in a controlled environment may get you a edge up next year.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 2:05PM
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woodnative(6)

I did it. I beheaded it. The top will be kept in a warm room. It has a nice stem to it and good variegation so keep my fingers crossed it roots well and in the future offshoots pups like itself.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2012 at 2:42PM
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Stush2049(Pitts., Pa. 6)

Woodnative,
How much stump did you leave behind? How long of a stolen did you give it? Keep the stump warm also I'm sure it will now produce more pups around it. May also be on the white side. Good luck. Take pictures and keep us posted. You may be able to pot up pieces of stolen in moist perlite in a warm spot.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2012 at 4:39PM
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woodnative(6)

I need to get photos. Top appears to be nicely rooted now......very resistant to tugging. I don't expect much more from the main bottom until Spring. The pup on it continues to grow but that pup is almost pure yellow. I will probably chop it off at some point.......I want striped pups!!

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 3:38PM
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barbmock

Don't throw that pup away! Barb

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 7:46PM
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Stush2049(Pitts., Pa. 6)

Ok Barb, I'll fight you for the pup. Ha Ha. I know, we all think alike.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2012 at 12:30PM
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elichka(6b)

Woodnative

Do you fertilize the rooted top? i just rooted small pup but I don't know if I should fertilize. the roots are still tiny,maybe 1/2"

Inna

    Bookmark   September 25, 2012 at 11:33AM
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woodnative(6)

bmock and stush............those all-yellow pups are hard to grow......very little chlorophyll. If another comes up, I will happily give one to both of you.

Inna-
What are you rooting it in (e.g. potting soil, perlite). I would not fertilize until there was roots throughout the pot.....there should be enough nutrients in the soil to get it started. As it gets more growth you can begin fertilizing. Most of my plants, particularly my Sans, I don't fertilize at all in fall and winter. The exception being those few plants I have actively growing in a warm room under supplemental lighting.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2012 at 1:16PM
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elichka(6b)

Woodnative

its S.elliptica in gritty mix(turface,perlite,some bark)Small clay pot. Absolutely no soil.That is why i'm concerned about fertilizing. I have Foliage Pro.

its inside because I'm afraid of night temps and in western window. Should i put it under lights?

Thanks
Inna

    Bookmark   September 25, 2012 at 1:34PM
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barbmock

Bob Smoley has this plant on his website. But, I sent him a note about it. He's out of stock right now. Maybe we can get one in the spring.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2012 at 3:13PM
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