I have had my cuttings from a Dutchmans pipe vine in hormone and
potting type soil now for over two weeks. They have not wilted or
drooped and look fine. The entire pot of clippings are inside a
plastic teepee affair so its like being in a greenhouse. It gets full
sun all day ong, and each evening, I o pen it up to allow a change of
air. They appear to be thriving, but am leary on pullinng out any
shoots to see if they have delveloped roots yet, so what would be a
good time frame to check........1 month 2 months or ?
This is the first time I have ever tried rooting anything so I am sort
of in the dark.
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I don't know anything about Dutchmans pipe; but in general, if you
just have to know what's going on in a pot of cuttings (as we all do)
either; look at the pot drainage holes, to see if any little new root
tips are appearing yet.
Or, very gently tap the pot, support the top surface of the soil with
the fingers of one hand, and partially slide off the pot, leaving the
soil still intact in the shape of the pot, as if you were going to make
a sandpie. If the cuttings are rooting, you'll see some new roots at the
edge of the sandpie.
I really would not leave cuttings in direct sunlight. While they
need strong indirect light, they can cook in their "plastic
Also, you should use a potting mix that contains no compost or
nutrients (both of which help your cuttings to rot rather than
root). A 50-50 mix of sand and peat moss is excellent.
I have rooted some houseplants in less than two weeks. Azaleas
took over three months. The time varies extensively, based on the
plant. Herbaceous cuttings (e.g., perennials) generally take less
time than woody cuttings. Plants that naturally root wherever they
touch soil (e.g., via runners) take the least amount of time. Plan
on 1/3 to 1/2 of the cuttings to fail (just as not all seeds sprout
and not all transplants survive).
On Fri, 23 Jul 2004 15:43:04 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Roy) wrote:
There are many factors on the rate of root growth. I found that
fluorescent lighting does an excellent job rooting cuttings for many
plants. My lavender took 2.5 months to establish roots, a Christmas
cactus almost 4 months, and coleus about 10 days. Anyway, I'd check
once a month. You might want to put a small hole in the plastic to
allow some ventilation.
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