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Cloning Problems

Posted by Jtharpe 7 (My Page) on
Tue, Apr 16, 13 at 19:03

I'm attempting to clone lemon balm, peppermint, basil, mint, rosemary, and parsley. And right now it seems like none of them are doing well. They're all wilting even though I have them in a humidity dome with a lot of moisture. I dipped each cutting in Clonex gel before putting them into Rapid Rooters. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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RE: Cloning Problems

  • Posted by gjcore 5 South Aurora Co. (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 16, 13 at 20:59

Are you doing stem cuttings, root cuttings? When did you start? What are the light conditions?

I'm not familiar with rapid rooters. I generally use seed starter/ cutting mix though sometimes I will use a potting mix.

All that you listed except parsley are generally easy to get rooted. Parsley can not be rooted with stem cuttings.


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Sounds like your plants are getting stressed somehow. If not from dry or too wet conditions, maybe there's too much light or it's too warm?

I've had great luck with cuttings in indoor temperatures and low heat grow light. I've had excellent results with fine vermiculite mix.


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They're all stem cuttings and I put them in the rapid rooters yesterday at noon. They're not under any fluorescents yet but they are sitting in the window sill where they get a little sun but no direct sunlight. its 74 F in my apartment right now and because they're in the dome its probably around 80 or so. do you think that may be too hot?


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  • Posted by gjcore 5 South Aurora Co. (My Page) on
    Wed, Apr 17, 13 at 11:57

I would back them off from the window some if possible. Fluorescent would be better light source. 74 F in the apartment sounds ok.


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And, as advised, you can't grow parsley from stem cuttings.


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Update on the clones: They're all doing a lot better now and none of them are wilting. I think it was just the transplanting that made them go into shock. Anyhow, thank all of you for the help!


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