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Rooting ideas

Posted by timmy2green 5 (My Page) on
Fri, Jan 27, 12 at 11:23

Hey everyone,
It's been a while since I posted. I wanted to post this burning ?
Last year I tried a couple rooting techniques, primarily Dan's improved Baggie method. While I had great success getting initials, I lost every cutting after that point; either in the cup w perlite promix or after potting up. Some even had good growth but died. Most seemed to get mold growth and I'm concerned there may be high mold spore levels in my house because all of my windows have it around the edges. I lost more than 50 cuttings.
Keeping in mind I live in cold upstate ny, can you guys share some ideas of methods I could try w cuttings that maybe don't require them to be in the house and that require less maintenance than the aforementioned? Like I read about the burying upside down trick and thought maybe I could try that in my attached garage in big pots or outside but covered w a rose cone. Thanks in advance!

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RE: Rooting ideas

Perhaps you could wait until the weather warms so you can start them outside where mold should not be a problem. I like to start mine inside to have something to do during winter but after loosing a bunch, this year I'm waiting for warmer weather so as soon as I get them rooted they're going outside.

RE: Rooting ideas

Hi Gene,

I'm not waiting. I put some cuttings in the ground in November, and put many more down already in January (more going in today). I buried most of the cutting then covered the rest with mulch for some insulation from the cold. I think we have enough warm days between the cold spells to give them a head start. I have extra mulch and a tarp ready to go in case of freezing precipitation. The tips on cuttings I planted in November started greening up this week.


I'm with Gene. As the ground starts to thaw, try planting them with a simple green house over them. Sometimes the bakeries get their frosting in translucent 2-5 gallon buckets. Slipping one over your cutting will increase the temps surrounding it. If you cover them when you expect it to be below 40F you should be okay.


RE: Rooting ideas

Anyone in zone 5 is going to have to wait a bit before starting anything outdoors.

I am no expert, but the pearlite/baggie method has worked for me 100% of the time.

Maybe you need clean fresh soil when you pot them up?

2 tblsp of hydrogen peroxide per quart of water will help with mold problems.

RE: Rooting ideas

I've had great luck using Jiffy Peat pellets, just be sure that one bud/node is completely encased by the pellet. For added convenience and to keep the stems upright, I stuff the pellets into #72 plug trays.

John F.
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RE: Rooting ideas


Another idea for you: get a Rubbermaid or Serlite shallow (maybe 8" deep) tub. Drill holes in the lid just smaller than the lip of your cups. Put the lid back on the tub and drop your cups into the lid. The root zone of your cuttings will be in a greenhouse, while the remainder of the cutting will stay more quiet in the ambient air. You can move your tubs inside on days where you expect temps to be close to or below freezing.


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