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Re: Jim's new picture links

In a message dated 07/13/2004 12:05:05 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
kmrsy@comcast.net writes:
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.

Kitty, this might not be sufficient for your needs, but for a number of years 
I kept a clear
plastic "sweater box" - don't know what else it would be called - about 
15"x6" by 5"deep
with a cover - filled with about 3 or 4 inches of vermiculite on my kitchen 
counter - protected
spot by a sunny window.  The lid of the box was its tray, though there were 
no drainage
holes.  I can't begin to guess how many plants I rooted in that box but there 
were many.
Whenever I had a leaf or cutting or pruning, a piece of it went into the box. 
 When the
rootings began to get so big they overwhelmed other things, or there was no 
room for
new cuttings, I would pot them on.  Since it was on the kitchen counter, I 
was reminded
to water it frequently, but never let it be soggy.  I theorized -never read 
this anywhere - 
that the rooting plants produced their own hormones that helped other things 
to root.
Anyway, I kept the same vermiculite going - just topped it up when it got low 
(some would
cling to the roots of the cuttings when I removed them.)  When we remodeled 
the kitchen
a few years back I promised myself a new box - that one had become pretty 
looking after more than fifteen years - but somehow have never replaced it, 
though I think
of it often.  I usually have something rooting somewhere at any given time.

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