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Re: What's everyone up to?

  • Subject: Re: What's everyone up to?
  • From: Kent Fenley <Fenleykent@AOL.COM>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 09:04:43 EDT

Hello this is Kent. When I propagate geraniums I use a greenhouse that has
high humidity. I use 360 metro mix to root cuttings during the fall, winter and
spring. I pour water on the mix  that has bleach added to it, about a cup per
gallon of water. Then I stick the cutting quickly so that the end of the
cutting is sterilized before the bleach turns to a vapor. I use the wet foam during
the hot summer and I do not treat it with bleach. During the hot summers
fungus gnat larvae eat the bottoms of the cuttings and bacterial rot is very
active due to the heat in the greenhouse. I use dry newspapers and cover the tray
of cuttings then I wet the paper about every half-hour for the first week. I
let the paper dry at the end of the day so that I can remove it. I use a lot of
newspaper and if you use the paper past a week you will have fungus problems.
The first week after cuttings are taken is the most critical time for that
cutting to adjust. Then you have to slow on water use gradually and provide more
light to the cuttings without burning them.

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