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Re: Bleach water

  • Subject: Re: Bleach water
  • From: Claire Peplowski ECPep@AOL.COM
  • Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 12:45:26 EST

In a message dated 11/14/02 9:14:25 AM Eastern Standard Time,
JudithCidy@MSN.COM writes:

> A question re:bleach water........
> Do you water all plants with the solution or just cuttings?    How often?
> I just lost4 of 5 cuttings after two weeks...
> Judy Cassidy

 You don't say where you are located. In the northern half of the country,
especially the cold, damp, grey states as in the Northeast my experience with
cuttings is that you lose more than half of them in Nov-Dec-Jan.  Success
doubles in late Feb-Mar-Apr.  There are probably many technical reasons but
that is what happens here as a practical matter of experience.

Methods that give success will differ from grower to grower and in various
parts of the country.  For me in northern New York, to get cuttings to root
in the short day months I need to use a mix of sand and peat.  I use a glass
fish bowl with the cutting against the glass side so it can be watched for
roots and/or rotting.  I keep the glass bowl, no cover, under a kitchen
cabinet under cabinet light where it is warm removing all failures
immediately.  In the short day months, I use a rooting hormone. Air
circulation is necessary.  In a tall glass fishbowl you keep the mix just
barely damp and leave space between the cuttings.

I have seen this done commercially in quite a different manner but as above
works for the home grower.  Winter rooting takes longer than spring or

Taking the same cuttings outdoors in June, you will have nearly 100% success
with no hormones needed and no special mix required.  Just a semi shaded
location and good air circulation.

Bleach water may help but accepting that rooting in short day months is much
more difficult than May/June is also to be considered.  With clear blue skies
and no need for artificial light, the process may be quite different.

C. Peplowski
NYS z4

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