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Easy Propagation Chamber

posted by: little_dani on 10.05.2005 at 08:34 pm in Plant Propagation Forum

I make a little propagation chamber that is so easy, and so reliable for me that I thought I would share the idea. I have not seen one like it here, and I did look through the FAQ, but didn't find one there either. I hope I did not miss it, and I hope I do not offend anyone by being presumptive in posting this here.

That said....

This is what you will need.
A plastic shoebox, with a lid. They come in various sizes, any will do.


Soil less potting mix, half peat, half perlite, or whatever is your favorite medium.
A little clay pot, with the drain hole plugged with caulking or silicone. If this is a new pot, scrub it with some steel wool to be sure it doesn't have a sealer on it. You want the water to seep through it.
Rooting hormone powder or liquid, or salix solution from the willow tree.
Plant material, snippers. I am going to pot some Plectranthus (a tall swedish ivy) and a Joseph's Coat, 'Red Thread'. I already have some succulents rooted in this box. I will take them out and pot them up later, DH has a new cacti pot he wants to put them in.
You can see here, I hope, that I fill the clay pot to the top with rain water, well water, or distilled water. I just don't use our tap water, too much chlorine and a ph that is out of sight.

I pour a little of the hormone powder out on a paper plate or a piece of paper, so that I don't contaminate the whole package of powder. And these little 'snippers' are the best for taking this kind of cuttings.


This is about right on the amount of hormone to use. I try to get 2 nodes per cutting, if I can. Knock off the excess. It is better to have a little too little than to have too much.
Then, with your finger, or a pencil, or stick, SOMETHING, poke a hole in the potting mix and insert your cutting. Pull the potting mix up around the cutting good and snug.

When your box is full, and I always like to pretty much fill the box, just put the lid on it, and set it in the shade. You don't ever put this box in the sun. You wind up with boiled cuttings. YUK!

Check the cuttings every few days, and refill the reservoire as needed. Don't let it dry out. If you happen to get too wet, just prop the lid open with a pencil for a little while.
This is a very good method of propagation, but I don't do roses in these. The thorns just make it hard for me, with my big fingers, to pack the box full. All kinds of other things can be done in these. Just try it!

Janie

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clipped on: 05.18.2010 at 05:44 pm    last updated on: 05.18.2010 at 05:44 pm

Plant Spacing List

posted by: capitalistbaby on 05.12.2010 at 09:00 pm in Vegetable Gardening Forum

There seems to be some talk on these forums about plant spacing, how close is too close etc.

I came across a book a while ago called High-Yield Gardening by Marjorie B. Hunt and Brenda Bortz. In the book is a list of most veggies and their intensive spacing. I thought I'd share it.

Asparagus 12-18"
Beans (lima) 4-9"
Beans (snap) 4-6"
Beets 2-6"
Broccoli 15-18"
Brussels Sprouts 15-18"
Cabbage 15-18"
Carrots 2-3"
Cauliflower 15-18"
Celery 6-9"
Chinese Cabbage 10-12"
Collards 12-15"
Corn 18"
Cucumbers 18-36"
Eggplants 18-24"
Endive 15-18"
Garlic 2-6"
Kale 15-18"
Kohlrabi 6-9"
Leeks 2-6"
Lettuce (head) 10-12"
Lettuce (leaf) 6-9"
Melons 24-36"
Mustard 6-9"
New Zealand Spinach 10-12"
Okra 12-18"
Onions (bulb) 4-6"
Onions (bunching) 2-3"
Parsley 4-6"
Parsnips 4-6"
Peanuts 12-18"
Peas 2-6"
Peppers 12-15"
Potatoes 10-12"
Pumpkins 24-36"
Radishes 2-3"
Rhubarb 24-36"
Rutabagas 6-9"
Salsify 2-6"
Spinach 4-6"
Squash (summer) 24-36"
Squash (winter) 24-36"
Sunflowers 18-24"
Sweet Potatoes 10-12"
Swiss Chard 6-9"
Tomatoes 18-24"
Turnips 4-6"

Herbs

Basil 12-18"
Dill 10-12"
Sage 18-24"
Summer Savory 12"

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clipped on: 05.12.2010 at 11:27 pm    last updated on: 05.12.2010 at 11:28 pm

Propagation Chamber

posted by: jbest123 on 08.14.2007 at 03:50 pm in Plant Propagation Forum

Let me start by saying that, I used the propagation box from Freeplants.com with great success. The box filled with wet coarse sand and an aquarium weighed 60 to 70 lb, which was a little to heavy for me to be moving around (I'm almost 70 yrs old). I made 6 boxed and they are still in good use by my Daughter and Son in law. I liked the idea of little_dani's Easy Propagation Chamber but thought it would be a little to small for my use.
I found 2 food storage containers at Walmart one a 20 quart and one a 12 quart with the same dimensions around the perimeter. I drilled six 5/8 in holes for drainage in the 12 quart container, and lade a piece of hardware cloth on the bottom to keep the potting soil from washing out. (photo 1) There is a little gap at both ends of the containers, allowing for ventilation, no need for further holes. ( photo 2) . For the potting soil I use 50/50 peat moss and vermiculite. What I like about the near transparent container for the bottom is you can see root development and water needs. Photo 3 shows root development and beads of condensation which indicates adequate air space and water. Each container will hold 120 to130 cuttings and all seem to be doing well and pass the tug test. (photo 4) When I stick the cuttings, I will leave them outside in the shade for 1 week and then move them to the greenhouse. Six chambers fit on an 8 ft shelf very nicely. (photo 5). I also use a 24 in bungie cord to keep the two containers aligned.

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