I have several cuttings growing in a plastic tent-like apparatus. I have
forgotten how long they should remain in the tent until I can bring them out
of it. Should there be a lot of leafy growth? I gave them a new shot of
I generally wait until there is some root growth. I gently tap a
cutting out of its container without breaking apart the soil. If I see
roots at the edges, I remove the plastic.
For a "tent", I take a liter soda bottle, cut the top off, and pry any
solid plastic bottom off. (Some bottles don't have a separate solid
bottom.) Turning the bottle over, I have a miniature greenhouse.
Some cuttings root so easily and quickly, that I don't protect them at
all. These include philodendron and its relatives, chrysanthemum, and
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
What you are doing is rooting cuttings, so you wait until the cuttings
have roots. It can take a couple weeks for some things and forever for
others. The standard test is to tug on a cutting and see if there are
roots. If there are no roots, then wait another month or two. If there
are roots, then if they are well developed, you are done. If they are
not well developed, then wait another couple weeks.
When the roots are well developed, then as you mention, start venting
the plants to air a couple more hours each day. Never let the media dry
out, but don't keep it too wet. It needs to be well drained for most
There are basically 3 general types of cuttings: herbaceous, evergreen,
and deciduous. Herbaceous means the branches of annuals or perennials.
Evergreen means the woody stems of flowering evergreens or conifers.
Deciduous means the woody stems of fruit trees and shade trees.
There is a man in South Carolina named Mike Creel that can root just
about anything in 'dome pots". He uses most any clear container for a
rooting apparatus. Here are links describing his techniques:
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