Tyra, sorry I took so long to respond ..I forgot that I had posted the
thread until just now <grin>
thanks for your response and the details you mentioned ... I had
presumed pinching was equivalent to snipping with hand tool or
when "rooting", is it better to stand in mixture of leave mulch + soil
rather than just placing in water?
OT ..Endicott is mid state NY ...original home of IBM
One way to do this (not the only way):
When the garden mum plants are about 8 inches tall (give or take), cut them
back to four inches, and use the 4-inch cuttings to root for new plants. Strip
off the bottom sets of leaves and set the stems (one or two leaf nodes down) in
pots of rooting mix (usually a mix of moist peat and perlite/sand, but there
are alternatives). Rooting hormone can be used but it's not essential. You
can usually try 4-5 stems in a 4-inch pot......just don't jam the stems close
enough to touch each other. Make sure the medium is kept damp but not wet.
Put the whole pot in a baggie held over the cuttings with a couple of sticks so
that the plastic doesn't touch the leaves, and close the baggie loosely.
Keep the pot in a warmish place, out of direct sun. I usually keep pots of
cuttings outdoors in a shady, sheltered area. The cuttings may look wilted the
first day, but they should spring back up. Garden mum cuttings root fairly
quickly, you'll be amazed....in a few days (if the weather is reasonably mild)
you can pull one out and probably see roots forming. In general, though, let
them take their time. You'll see new growth at the tips, a good indication
that the cuttings have rooted and are making good growth. When they're strong
and actively growing, you'll want to repot them in individual pots to grow on
until they're large enough to plant out in the ground (or in larger pots for
container growing or gifts).
I've rooted mum cuttings in water, but have found that long-term, the ones
started in a rooting medium do better.
Warning: Many plants can be easily propagated by stem cuttings; it's a whole
world of addiction just waiting to getcha.
nNJ usa z7
Thanks again for your detailed recommendations.
BTW, your point about using a baggy over the cuttings is like a
terrarium ...aren't you concerned about fungus/mold forming in a
sealed damp environment?
OT, never heard the name Tyra before ..is there a story attached?
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