I have cuttings from an Oleander that I put in water, and now they have
rooted. The cuttings are about 12" long, and the roots are about 6" in
clear water. I live in the desert, so, can I just plant them now? Do I
have to put them in potting soil, or just keep them watered well until
I'd put'm in potting soil and move them slowly out to the sun, and then once
they are doing good transfer them ( in cooler fall ) to normal soil. Or you
could use a paper pot to put them in and when they've adjusted, put pot and
all into the garden.
High Mojave Desert.
"And for the second time in four million years, the monolith awoke."
Arthur C.Clarke 2062:odyssey three
I have found that when you root a cutting in water that the hardest thing is
moving it into compost/soil/dirt.
I have found the best thing is to have a little dry peat, and dust the roots
with this first, so that each root is coated and they are not hanging as one
thick strand, it is then easier to get the roots to go into the pot
separately, this makes the move from water easier and less stressful for
the young plant.
When the roots have filled the pot then either pot on or plant out, and at
all stages water well, but don't over water.
I have to agree. When plants are rooted in water, the mere act of
potting them damages the roots.
Now that the cuttings are rooted, I would pot them first and keep
them sheltered. Use 1/2 peat moss and 1/2 clean, coarse sand.
This mix drains well, readily admits air, wets easily, and makes
moisture available to roots until it is almost bone dry. (See my
DO NOT FEED until you see that the potted cuttings are indeed
surviving. Fertilizer will only further traumatize the bruised
roots. Wait at least 2-3 weeks after potting before feeding.
Cuttings that survive but are not vigorous should not be fed until
they start to thrive.
After about 6 weeks, tip a cutting out of its pot. If the soil is
filled with roots, you may plant it in your garden. If not,
carefully return the plant to the pot and wait another 6 weeks.
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
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