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A different try at rooting

Posted by mbellot 5 (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 19, 12 at 0:50

Having had zero success with rooting my Bhut cuttings I had resigned myself to giving up.

Until I found this "stuff" at Menards called Gel2Root. It looked too good to be true, so I figured I'd blow $4 (for two cups) and give it a try.

It looks like clear Jell-o and claims to have all the nutrients and water necessary to develop a new root system "in only a couple weeks". Since it's clear I can keep an eye on the actual progress.

Here is the first pic (of hopefully many) just a few minutes after starting.

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RE: A different try at rooting

  • Posted by esox07 4b Wisconsin (My Page) on
    Mon, Mar 19, 12 at 1:27


At Menards huh? Well, that is a neat idea. You can actually see the roots develop. In my cutting experiment, the one is still alive from last December. I had two Hot Hungarian Wax and one Bhut. The Bhut and one Hot Hung Wax died. And I coincidentally transplanted it today into a soil mix that I think will be much better than what it was in. Hopefully it begins to grow now as it hadn't really grown much in almost three months. But it did have roots. When I pulled it from the old soil, I think I tore off a couple roots but there was still one very long one still attached. So, we shall see.
I might look into some of that stuff you got there on my next visit to Menards.

RE: A different try at rooting

Any updates? If it works I will have to get some.


RE: A different try at rooting

It looks like agar gel with nutrients (and perhaps some moisture bead technology, dunno).

You might want to enclose (without the clear enclosure touching the leaves) the top of the cutting until the plant gets a chance to put out some roots. It doesn't have to be a tight fit, just enough to keep humidity on the leaves which helps water from leaving the leaves.

Keeping moisture in the leaves until the roots get a chance to develop enough to uptake water is a lot more important than the soil you're starting your cuttings in, imo.

RE: A different try at rooting

Nothing much to report yet.

Plant looks about the same as the original picture.

nc-crn, that's interesting, maybe I'll toss a ziplock bag over it to help keep the moisture local to the plant.

RE: A different try at rooting

  • Posted by esox07 4b Wisconsin (My Page) on
    Sat, Mar 24, 12 at 17:49

Yes, definitely cover it with something clear. NC-CM is correct that the plant will have a tough time right now maintaining its moisture level with no roots. Once you have established roots, you can remove it. Just don't place it in direct sun or you may cook it.

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