Introduction: Rootage of Plantlets

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Hello! :)

There are different techniques how to make plantlets build roots. The way I am about to show you can also be used for cuttings from plants. And you can observe the progress which is very nice.

I use the beautiful and easy to handle Chlorophytum Comosum Ocean for this instruction.

Step 1: Equiptment

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You need:
Plant which builds plantlets
Knife
Disinfectant
Plastic container
Adhesive tape
Scissors
Plastic ribbon
Piece of fabric
Water

Step 2: Disinfect the Knife an the Container

It is important to disinfect the
equipment because bacteria make the plantlets rot and decay.

We do not want that to happen.

Step 3: Prep the Container

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Now create a grid with the ribbon on the plastic container.

This makes it easy to place the plantlets later. We want them to be with the bottom in water and to keep their little leafs dry.

Step 4: Decoration

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You can decorate the container as you like.

An old piece of fabric wrapped around the container looks nice.
I kept the sides open for watching the roots.

Step 5: Remove the Stems From the Plant

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Cut the stems with the knife as near as possible to the center of the plant.

Without the stems the plant will have more growth and it gets pretty and thick.

Step 6: Prep the Plantlets

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The bigger the plantlets are the bigger is the chance they will start building roots.
They need at least to be about 2 inches (that is what I was reading).

Remove the plantlets from the stems. Just pull a little and they will come off easy.

Please eliminate the blossoms and very small leaves because these parts can rot in the water.

Step 7: Insert the Plantlets

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Fill the container with water and place the plantlets in their hotel!
Make sure the part where they build roots is in the water.

The best place for the rooting plantlets is warm and bright but without direct sun.
If it is very cold they do not grow.

Please check the water 1-2 times a week.

When the roots are about 1.5 inches long they are ready for beeing moved into flower soil.

I wish you and your plantlets (or cuttings) the best and much sunshine. :D

Comments

ashleyjlong (author)2014-11-29

Very helpful! Do you know if this also works for herbs that can sprout from a cutting (like mint, etc)? Sometimes i have luck planting from cutting and other times not, and so I wonder if it would help to start them off this way.

Romy Peach (author)ashleyjlong2014-11-30

Hello Ashley! :D
Yes it works with cuttings from herbs too. You mean the peppermint Mentha Piperita herb? It is said for this herb you need at least a cutting with two pairs of leaves, not smaler. I prefer bigger ones. It takes 1-2 weeks for them to build roots.

Just to be true: There is a difference between the "headcuttings" and the cuttings from the sprouts. And there are for both a lot of different techniques.

Please cut diagonal and with a clean knife, it is details but all details together make the difference. Also important, the belower leaves need to be cut and this part put inside the water (or if you directly work with soil, into the soil).

Maybe you dont know, but there is the theory that the little cuttings and plantlets sometimes don't start rooting when they get to much light on the part in the water. Maybe you try a different container or if you use glas maybe try dark glas.

Another possibility why your cuttings have a hard time rooting, it is the temperture. They need it warm between 20 °C and 25 °C. If you dont reach this temperature without using the heater a lot ;) you should cover the cuttings in order to put them in moist air. You can use an empty plastic bottle with holes in it or buy a little greenhouse. In germany they are very cheap like this: http://www.obi.de/decom/search/zimmergewächshaus/ in the hardware store.

Please don't worry, when you try different things it will all be fine and they will root for sure! :) Last advise: Look how many plantlets I used, there were two not rooting too. Please don't try one at a time, try a lot at once to increase your success.

I have trouble to find the good translation for some terms. :D If there is something unclear please ask again.

cfiorante (author)2014-11-23

this is cool i was just looking online to find hos to do this

seamster (author)2014-11-21

Very nicely done. Than you for sharing these great techniques!

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