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Re: Jim's new picture links


It's always been my impression that rootone's main importance is the
fungicide, though I suppose the hormones might help.
I'd love to have a set up like that.  Having it ready and waiting would make
it so much easier to take cuttings whenever it occurs to you to do so.
Whenever I have purchased perlite or vermiculite I get the 4 cu ft bag -
about as tall as Bonnie Morgan - and pour them into empty kittylitter
containers with screw on caps.  This big size costs only about $11 at the
co-op rather than pay much higher $ for smaller bags.

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, July 12, 2004 4:41 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Jim's new picture links


> Thank you, Kitty. I try. These cutting boxes--there are four of
> them--are made out of pressure treated 2" by 6" finished lumber, so
> they're about 5-1/2" deep. Each holds about two 8-quart bags of
> vermiculite. There are misters on the lathwork wall behind them, so
> they never dry out--even on our 98-degree days.
>
> Don't know how well you can tell from the begonia pictures, but there
> are three stem cuttings [buried at least one node deep] and two leaf
> cuttings. With these leaf cuttings, I've simply buried the leaf stem
> and weighed it down with a glob of damp vermiculite.
>
> I have done real leaf cuttings of begonias in the past. The best way to
> do those, I've found, is to flatten the leaf on the vermiculite and pin
> each of the ribs in the leaf down firmly [it's the last remaining use
> for hair pins, I think], then slit the leaf tissue between the ribs.
>
> I always use RooTone, not because I believe it works, especially, but
> because it contains a fungicide. I think that's a necessary precaution
> with misted beds.
>
> The green leaves in the same cutting box, incidentally, are rubber vine
> [Cryptostegia grandiflora] cuttings, which are turning out to be not so
> easy to root.
>
> On Monday, July 12, 2004, at 10:22 AM, Kitty wrote:
>
> >> The begonia is wonderful, and interesting how you root things. Appears
> >> you do not do it individually potted? How deep is that bed?
> > Jim is a wiz at propagation and since he can do it year round, it makes
> > sense to have an installed propagation bed.  Here I have to do
> > temporary,
> > makeshift things, so containerized propagation makes more sense.
> > Nice pics, Jim.  I've been meaning to prop some begonia leaf cuttings,
> > but I
> > was going to do it with parts of leaves. How were yours done?
> >
> > Kitty
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Donna" <justme@prairieinet.net>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Sunday, July 11, 2004 11:03 PM
> > Subject: [CHAT] Jim's new picture links
> >
> >
> >> For your viewing pleasures, Island Jim has sent over three of his new
> >> plants pictures. You can find them here:
> >>
> >> http://simplymyworld.com/jimphotos.htm
> >>
> >> They are the first three entries on the page, also dated 7-11-04.
> >>
> >> Love the variegated taro... looks like a keeper, too bad not hardy
> >> here.
> >>
> >> The begonia is wonderful, and interesting how you root things. Appears
> >> you do not do it individually potted? How deep is that bed?
> >>
> >> Is that ginger variegated on the leaf tips? Suppose that's not hardy
> >> here either:(
> >>
> >> Donna
> >>
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> Southwest Florida
> 27.0 N, 82.4
> Zone 10a
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
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