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Re: results are in


> shoe box to my cutting bench and try to hatch seedlings 

Sounds like a good idea, Jim - would you use a smaller size of vermiculite for that than you would for cuttings?

> Now I'd like to ask what fertilizer method
> ....freshly potted up cuttings. I was thinking a
> half-strength balanced liquid. suggestions?

I have some Schultz liquid african violet fertilizer 8-14-9 with some
micros. 7drops per qt. Any reason this would not be good at half that
strength for my newly potted cuttings?


Kitty


-------------- Original message -------------- 

> Thanks for the update, Kitty. I'm thinking about adding your plastic 
> shoe box to my cutting bench and try to hatch seedlings in it. 
> 
> 
> On Saturday, November 13, 2004, at 12:41 PM, kmrsy@comcast.net wrote: 
> 
> > This summer Jim mentioned his permanent bed for cuttings and I think 
> > Cathy said she keeps a box on her kitchen counter. In September I did 
> > my 
> > annual cutting spree of tenders and stuck them 2 different ways. Most 
> > were done in a 1:1 mix of peat and perlite in 8 inch bulb pans tented 
> > with saran. Others I did in a 1:1 mix of perlite and vermiculite in a a 
> > clear storage box with a clear lid. Both systems worked well, but the 
> > box was far easier to deal with and the roots were more dense. The 
> > Alternanthera went crazy in the box, doubling in height and growing air 
> > roots. A few of the Coleus experience some rot of the leaves. I took 
> > the 
> > lid off along the way to let some of the moisture evaporate. (it was 
> > just damp - no water unabsorbed by the medium) Last year when I used 
> > the 
> > tented peat mix, they went gangbusters growing roots. I had a tough 
> > time 
> > getting them apart. This year, though, they grew far fewer roots, but 
> > sufficient to pot up. 
> > 
> > 
> > I like this box method and will continue this way. May try softwood 
> > cuttings in it next summer. Now I'd like to ask what fertilizer method 
> > do any of you use on your freshly potted up cuttings. I was thinking a 
> > half-strength balanced liquid. suggestions? 
> > 
> > 
> > Kitty 
> > 
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