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Subject: update on miniblind propagating Replies: 2
Posted By: fernando Views: 886
 
  this is an update on propagating on mini blinds. the success rate was very good, probably due to west sun and being in Louisiana. i have now placed some of my cuttings in plastic cups with vermiculite in a large plastic box. they are doing fine. i also placed some of the partially rooted cuttings into one gallon pots using only a sandy pine bark potting soil... i put three of the pots into a five gallon pot and placed them outside under a shady tree. the five gallon pot filters out the direct sun lite and gives the cuttings warmth. that worked well also... in fact just placing cuttings in the one gallon pots with potting soil and rooting hormone still seems to be the easiest way for me to go.
  most of my cuttings are doing well, some much better than others but they all have some life coming about. next year i think i will eliminate the baggie method, the plastic cup after, and transplanting them into one gallon pots. the one gallon pot with potting soil worked just as well if not better on some cuttings.
  here's another experiment i tried. i took a large plastic folgers coffee container and placed a wet paper towel on the bottom. i placed four cuttings inside and then placed  a one gallon plastic bag around the top and held it along the edges with a rubber band. after three weeks i have all the cuttings with leaves on them and slight rooting. that worked well but i'm going to continue with the potting soil.

Subject: update on miniblind propagating Replies: 2
Posted By: fernando Views: 886
 
 o.k., since the last post on propagating with fig cuttings in gallon freezer bags on the mini blinds... since 3-6 the cuttings on the champagne are the most noticeable, meaning that roots are visible and small leaves are out... the lsu purple is second with almost the same results... the celeste and O'Rourke are next with some swelling of the terminal buds and root signs... the hardy chicago is the laziest with some terminal bud signs but no rooting... hopefully next week i can transplant some into small containers...
   i must admit that the six cuttings i stuck in peat moss cups and placed into a two gallon pot have really taken off. five are off and running with only one sleeper. that was easy and hopefully in the next week or two they will go into one gallon pots.
  the lsu gold that i stuck into a ball of potting soil and wrapped in burlap has also done well. i think that when i see roots coming through i'll either pot or put in the ground. i think i like this method better because once i get the cutting started it is pretty much maintenance free and then you plant the whole ball.
  here is another experiment i tried. i took some very large cuttings from my overgrown lsu purple. the cutting are at least eighteen inches long. i wounded the bottoms and used rooting hormone, then put them in two gallon pots using only sandy pine potting soil. three weeks later all three of the cuttings have leaves and one even has a small fig growing on it. the results look good even though it may be too large of a cutting to support that much growth... if it works i have a huge jump on getting a mature tree in less time. we shall see.
  in conclusion i enjoy watching my bags of cuttings on the miniblind develop, but the luck of just sticking cuttings in potting soil and seeing such good results makes tend to go that route for large volume and prompt results... maybe it's the south louisiana climate??

Subject: propagating on mini blinds Replies: 2
Posted By: fernando Views: 616
 
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Originally Posted by fernando
  two weeks ago i got a few cuttings to propagate, lsu purple, champange, orourke,celeste and hardy chicago. i wanted to try the plastic bag method but in a different way. i wrapped about six cuttings in a paper towel at the bottom, put a rubber band around them and wet them. i placed them in a one gallon plastic bag and made a clothes line front of mini blinds. i hung the bags in front of the blinds and now i can control the light and heat by opening and closing the blinds.
  it's been a bit rainy and cloudy and on the cool side here in south louisiana and a little heat to warm up the cuttings is what i'm after. after ten days i'm seeing signs of slight rooting and terminal buds. the weather calls for the temp. to go up to the upper seventies soon so i'll open the blinds about half mast and give the little guys a blast of warm controlled heat.
  i also stuck six cutting i a two gallon bucket with only a sandy pine potting soil and four of the six are showing signs of waking up. that would be easier than the bag method if i get results. with these i wounded the lower cutting with my knife and used a rooting hormone. i probably should have done it with half to see if it really makes a difference.
  here is my third experiment, i took a cutting of LSU GOLD, wounded the bottom,dipped it in hormone, and placed it in a half gallon amount of potting soil. this time i wrapped the cutting and soil in burlap cloth and tied it into a tight ball. i placed the cutting in a two gallon pot with a couple of other cuttings and after three weeks small leaves are opening. i find that the burlap in the pot stays moist longer when a cool front comes through. i'm waiting for the roots to break throught the burlap to place them in one gallon pots.

Subject: propagating on mini blinds Replies: 2
Posted By: fernando Views: 616
 
  two weeks ago i got a few cuttings to propagate, lsu purple, champange, orourke,celeste and hardy chicago. i wanted to try the plastic bag method but in a different way. i wrapped about six cuttings in a paper towel at the bottom, put a rubber band around them and wet them. i placed them in a one gallon plastic bag and made a clothes line front of mini blinds. i hung the bags in front of the blinds and now i can control the light and heat by opening and closing the blinds.
  it's been a bit rainy and cloudy and on the cool side here in south louisiana and a little heat to warm up the cuttings is what i'm after. after ten days i'm seeing signs of slight rooting and terminal buds. the weather calls for the temp. to go up to the upper seventies soon so i'll open the blinds about half mast and give the little guys a blast of warm controlled heat.
  i also stuck six cutting i a two gallon bucket with only a sandy pine potting soil and four of the six are showing signs of waking up. that would be easier than the bag method if i get results. with these i wounded the lower cutting with my knife and used a rooting hormone. i probably should have done it with half to see if it really makes a difference.
  here is my third experiment, i took a cutting of LSU GOLD, wounded the bottom,dipped it in hormone, and placed it in a half gallon amount of potting soil. this time i wrapped the cutting and soil in burlap cloth and tied it into a tight ball. i placed the cutting in a two gallon pot with a couple of other cuttings and after three weeks small leaves are opening. i find that the burlap in the pot stays moist longer when a cool front comes through. i'm waiting for the roots to break throught the burlap to place them in one gallon pots.

 

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