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Re: exposure for cuttings
  • Subject: Re: exposure for cuttings
  • From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
  • Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2010 20:54:25 -0500

If I had a greenhouse, I'd probably be able to contol the environment more to their liking without keeping them in a box. Although it has been terribly humid this past month, the time for cuttings is now. It's also a time for wind and the humidity is abating now. The box is to reduce transiration but I don't think putting it in direct sunlight which would heat things up would be good for them. But I wonder how much sunlight they still need to do their work.

I guess I'll just wait and see.
Thanks for the response.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "james singer" <inlandjim1@q.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 4:46 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] exposure for cuttings

I dunno. I've always rooted cuttings in shade, but I've thought it was
to reduce transpiration, not heat. But then, I've never tried to root
them in a closed environment, believing good air circulation was a
necessary component.

The second nursery I worked for was a SoCal wholesale houseplant
grower. He had a large greenhouse dedicated to rooting cuttings. The
greenhouse, like most SoCal greenhouses then, was sprayed with
whitewash to keep the direct sun out and, when the winter rains came,
to let the winter sun in. So it was shady most of the time. It had an
exhaust fan to move the air. And it had a high-humidity irrigation
system--a Mexican named Frank [probably Francisco to his wife and
friends]--who, in peak summer, constantly moved through the area
dragging a hose with a fog nozzle.

The rooting success rate was near 100 percent, so I've always tried to
emulate his practices.

On Jun 30, 2010, at 6:53 AM, Kitty wrote:

Ever since someone on this list (I think it was Cathy) said they
started their cuttings ina clear storage box, I've been doing the
same with mostly good success.  I placed the box between the west
side of the house and a cherry tree so it got filtered sunlight,
maybe a direct hit for a short while.

Last year the tree died and I took it down.  It seems to me that w/
out the tree's protection the cuttings would heat up too much if I
put the box in the same place with a western exposure - too much
direct sun.  So I put them on my front porch, eastern exposure but,
for the most part filtered by a dogwood tree.  I don't think this
looks to be enough sunlight.

So just how much light do cuttings in a box need?  These are of
shrubs - Viburnum, Lilac, Magnolia.  Would the north side be better?
Any suggestions?

neIN, Zone 5
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