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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
Apr 9, 2012 4:27 PM CST
Somewhere I read in one of my gardening magazines that a gardener makes it a habit of taking cuttings from her plants that she buys from the garden center/nursery when she brings them home. Then later on as they start to grow, she takes a few more cuttings, maybe one off each plant. I think the example the gardener use was Geraniums.

Does or has any of you done this? How successful have you been?

Who's made their own progagation chamber?
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springcolor
Apr 12, 2012 3:24 PM CST
The thread "Cloner" in Propagation forum
Heres mine. Sorry the picture is bad. If your interested I could take more.
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woofie
Apr 16, 2012 3:15 PM CST
Geraniums are easy. I've done those many times with no special setup. And of course, Coleus are also very easy. I've taken cuttings of Cup and Saucer Vines with good luck, although I had better luck with the purple ones than the white, for some reason. Bottom heat (i.e, a seedling heat mat) is generally helpful, too. I keep meaning to try cuttings of the Osteospermum on the back porch, but the darn thing is so covered with flowers I hate to hack on it.
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kqcrna
Apr 17, 2012 5:39 AM CST
Like Woofie says, lots of plants are easy without a propagation chamber. You can use a simple milk jug, pop bottle, or just stick it in a pot then in a plastic bag. I don't even use a heat mat or rooting hormone either most of the time. I don't do a lot of different types of plants, too lazy. But coleus, pelargonium, sedum, petunias, and lots of others are pretty easy. With sedum you can just break off a piece and stick it in the ground and it will grow.

Karen

Name: Sherry
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wcgypsy
Apr 17, 2012 10:52 PM CST
Propagating is an addiction. I propagate everything I have, can't help it...lol...Things growing out in the path? Chop 'em off and root the cuttings. I always want at least two of something in case the 'one' dies. Also, then I have plants to pass on to friends. You'd be surprised how many plants will root in water. I may not be feeling it's all that necessary to propagate a certain plant, but if I just cut a stem off and stick it in water, why not? Someone will want it....lol..
I could be wrong...
Name: Pauline
Wilmington, NC (Zone 8b)
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paulinepdm
May 4, 2012 6:29 AM CST
I love to propagate, see my tutorial on pinch and poke here: http://s2.photobucket.com/albums/y24/paulinepdm/Pinch%20N%20...

Be sure to keep clipping your basil plants, put the stems on kitchen counter in glass of water, use the leaves as needed, then you will see stems have roots, then put back out in garden and clip some new ones. One plant should give you basil all summer long.
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kqcrna
May 4, 2012 6:49 AM CST
Hi Pauline, Welcome! to ATP. Glad you have you here. I do remember you and your pinch and poke from DG. Smiling
I'm glad you joined us here. I think you'll like it.

Karen
Name: woofie
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woofie
May 4, 2012 8:53 AM CST
And I LIKE that idea! Going to have to try that when my basil gets up to pinching size!
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drewtoby
May 5, 2012 8:34 PM CST
wcgypsy said:Propagating is an addiction. I propagate everything I have, can't help it...lol...Things growing out in the path? Chop 'em off and root the cuttings. I always want at least two of something in case the 'one' dies. Also, then I have plants to pass on to friends. You'd be surprised how many plants will root in water. I may not be feeling it's all that necessary to propagate a certain plant, but if I just cut a stem off and stick it in water, why not? Someone will want it....lol..


True. I just started propagation and am loving it!!! Hurray!
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Name: Sherry
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wcgypsy
May 5, 2012 10:13 PM CST
lol...we always need 'more'....
I could be wrong...
Name: Pauline
Wilmington, NC (Zone 8b)
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paulinepdm
May 6, 2012 6:09 AM CST
Hurray! testing -trying to use link to my dropbox pic---- , my tiny liquor glass with rooted basil ---cutting taken about a week ago
https://www.dropbox.com/s/aw8dzsfgnpaqbwv/CameraZOOM-2012050...

in case that doesn't work, here's photo uploaded
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Name: woofie
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woofie
May 6, 2012 12:24 PM CST
Dropbox is a cool service, isn't it?

Those cuttings look really good!
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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
May 11, 2012 10:46 PM CST
I just divided my coreopsis "zagreb" last year. Instead of digging it up this year and splitting it into smaller clumps, can I propagated it by snipping cutting size pieces and stripping a few leaves off and sticking them in rootone, then potting mix, would that work? Does it make any difference whether the plant has bloomed or finished blooming when I take a snipping off to root?

Can snapdragons be rooted the same way as the coleus shown in the tuitorial? I have some snapdragons that need dividing in the fall but thought I'd try rooting some before then. They remind me of a piece of peppermint candy..like the candycane.
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kqcrna
May 12, 2012 5:18 AM CST
I've never tried either of those, but it never hurts to try. Threadleaf's skinny stems might be challenging to root, but no experience here. Generally something to hold humidity around any cuttings increases success.

I don't have Zagreb but I think it's much like Moonbeam, which is very easy to divide. I don't even dig up Moonbeam to divide. I just stick my perennial shovel down through the plant, then dig up the portion I plan to move. Snapdragons propagate themselves well around here; I just let them reseed.

I do love my perennial shovel. It looks like this
http://www.gardeners.com/Perennial-Planter/38-327,default,pd...

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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
May 12, 2012 12:29 PM CST
Karen, I'm going to try shovel prunning the coreopsis come fall; I've always dug the entire clump up each time. Thanks for the tip! I love Gardener's supply and have ordered a lot from them. Last year I bought myself a digging fork from HD and I love that tool, use it instead of a shovel to lift plants out of the ground. I know snapdragons reseed. I just clipped that mystery plant, Silene Armeria, as I understand it reseeds. I pulled up all the forget-me-nots earlier this week as they had reseeded so much since they were planted, even the new Chinese forget-me-nots that I wintersowed this year. Didn't like nothing about them, except the color of their blue flower. They have long, lanky stems and in a flower bed, the foliage ended up laying on the ground..I can see them being used maybe in a patio container where it could drape off the side of the pot or in a hanging backet or hanging over a wall.

I've got my eye on some peony support rings from Gardener's supply. Forgot that I removed the existing plant supports last winter and stored them in the garage. Forgot to put them over the peony bushes before the foliage started growing. I hate the ones that you have to attach the 3 legs to the ring..they are always falling apart and trying to figure out how to make them attach to the ring is like putting a puzzle together and I'm not good at that. Hating putting puzzles together. I don't have that patience or aptitude to do it.

My Zagreb is about ready to start blooming; I can see faint signs of yellow buds..I will definately try your method of division this Fall on that plant. Thanks for sharing.
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clintbrown
May 28, 2012 11:47 AM CST
On my Coreopsis, I just wiggle stems at the bottom until they snap off. They almost always have roots. I did this last year and all of them took. I also root the ones that don't come off with roots in a glass of water.
Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
May 28, 2012 1:25 PM CST
Clint, Interesting! Will have to try your method of rooting in water.

Has anybody ever rooted creeping phlox in water?
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purpleinopp
Jul 17, 2012 8:56 AM CST
I spend lots of time propagating things, house plants, shrubs, perennials, tender perennials masquerading as annuals, especially Coleus. It is an addicting obsession. I'm always giving plants away since I don't need all of these plants. This karma came back to me last month when a neighbor gave me some ferns, various Begonias, a little palm tree, and an Easter cactus.

Some of this year's propagations:

1 - spider plant babies
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2 - Coleus leaf making roots
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3 - Pot of Coleus cuttings
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4 - Sansevieria leaf
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5 - Dracaena tops
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6 - Philodendron cuttings potted up with supports to climb
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7 - a cane Begonia cutting
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8 - Hydrangea
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purpleinopp
Jul 23, 2012 3:11 PM CST
A few new things...

Stole some chunks of Tradescantia pallida from the yard and Callisia fragrans from other pots to make more hanging baskets
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And found this guy repotting this pot of Tradescantia zebrina cuttings
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Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
Jul 23, 2012 7:51 PM CST
I curious to what medium you used to propagate that hydrangea? I have what I think is the Nikko Blue hydrangea that was planted by original owner and this house was built in 1977. I don't think all the new varieties were available back then..

Did you use a mixture of perlite, vermitculite and peat moss?

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