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Now that it's spring, it's time to propagate plants. A cheap and fun way to expand your garden!
Anything will do: small pebbles, styrofoam, or, as I use here, a bent can lid.
The potting medium should drain well. It can be any mixture of potting soil, sand, and perlite. Here I just use straight perlite.
I use the bottom of the tin can just because it's easy to dispose of.
These directions are for vines (these images are specifically of a passionflower vine growing near my house), but will work with slight variations for...
The prime stock is the section near the tip of the vine. Cut just below the second to last mature leaf node.
The roots often sprout from the leaf node once submerged in the potting medium. The leaf and tendrils can be discarded.
Make sure to coat the sides of the cutting a few centimeters from the bottom as well as the leaf node.
Make sure the leaf node is buried.
That is, use a segment between two leaf nodes. Remove the bottom leaf and treat the bottom and leaf node the same as your first cutting. Dip in rootin...
The potting medium will suck up the water and moisten the cuttings without washing away the rooting hormone. When the top of the potting medium is moi...
This will keep the cuttings from drying out. You don't want them to be too moist, though, so remove the bag for 15 minutes every day. If you can't, ...
It may take a week or two for the cuttings to root. If the plant stays green and fresh-looking, everything is ok. When there is some resistance when y...
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hydroponics worked great and you don't have to do any thing to make it work.
i use 5 gallon buckets with a aquarium pump of 160 gallons a hour with a aquarium air bubblier with hydro nutrients.
blue stone filled 2 gallon drain pot.
i have taken 30 lilac branch cuttings already this month from the large lilac tree.
do a 45 degree cut on the branches.
slip them down into the blue stone hydro system.
thats all you need to do,your done.
leave the branches in the hydro tank under florescent lights for one month or until roots develop.
this is the simplest way imaginable to create new lilac bushes.
and you don't have to place a moister bag over the branches.
this method works with soft wood trees and rose bushes.
Posted:Aug 4, 2005
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