Introduction: Cloning a Poinsettia
Poinsettia is a plant species indigenous to Mexico and Central America. It is particularly well known for its red and green foliage and is widely used in Christmas floral displays. It derives its name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, who introduced the plant into the United States in 1825.
So, this instructable is going to demonstrate how to clone one.
* Sharp knife
* Cloning powder
* Plastic cups
* Jiffy pods
* Poinsettia plant
Step one, cut the 3 plastic cups about 3" from the bottom. This is what you will place the finished clones in.
Step two, soak the Jiffy pods for about 5 minutes or until they are about 2" tall. You will see them grow as they hydrate from the water they are soaking in.
Step three, on a "green" section of the plants branches, select a portion about 2" - 3" long and cut it with a sharp knife on an angle.
Step four, run the cut section under tap water, or any bottled water if the water in your area is rough.
Step five, dip the wet end of the new clone into the clone powder. I used the cheap Wallmart brand and have had great results with it.
Step six, gently push the end of the clone into the Jiffy pod and place it into one of the cups. Place your new clones in a bright place but not in direct sunlight. I use 2x40watt florescent lights about 10" over the tops of the leaves and this works out well.
Make sure you keep the Jiffy pots moist but not soaked or your clones will rot.
In about 10 days you should see little white roots growing out from the sides of the pods, at this point, plant them in soil that has a mix of shredded packing peanuts, or some other element that will keep the soil less compact.
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