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RE: How to propagate Heuchera (Coral Bells) (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: stressbaby on 07.10.2006 at 10:56 pm in Plant Propagation Forum

Heuchera is a slam dunk propagation-wise. My methods:

1) When dividing, take the stem pieces that come off, take off all but a couple of leaves, rooting hormone, 1 gallon pot, compost, ziplock cover, shade.

2) Take the stems, divide with sharp clean razor blade or knife into pieces with 2-3 smallish leaves (or cut off half of the larger leaf), make sure a chunk of stem is attached to the petiole, 500 IBA quickdip or rooting powder, 50:50 peat:perlite, mist

Excellent rooting percentage, near 100% either way.


clipped on: 07.02.2011 at 04:26 pm    last updated on: 07.02.2011 at 04:26 pm

Begonia propagation for newbies

posted by: Mari11 on 10.31.2005 at 10:10 pm in Begonia Forum

I saw questions from newbies on how to propagate begonias by leaf cuttings. I am not very much experienced on growing begonias, but I've done leaf propagations many times and love it.
There are pictures step-by-step on propagation of rex begonia:

1)Choose a healthy mature leaf (I use sometimes young leaves also)
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2) Cut the edges

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3)Make 2-3 wedge-shaped cuttings

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4)Plant them in the mix of peat moss and perlite 1:1 in little pots, water and tent them for a few weeks

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5) There are new plants grown on leaf cuttings planted on Sept,29

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Rex begonias are very easy to propagate this way. Other rhizomatous begonias can be propagated by whole leaf, it may take up to 2 month until new plants show up.
While under cover they need very seldom watering, but check to avoid drying.
After babies are formed you can take off cover.Water sparingly.


clipped on: 05.22.2011 at 07:25 pm    last updated on: 05.22.2011 at 07:26 pm

RE: Summer greenhouse use (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: kudzu9 on 05.17.2011 at 09:57 pm in Greenhouses & Garden Structures Forum

It would definitely help to have a fan. I bought myself a good quality thermostat (about $50) and it turns on the fan when it gets above my chosen temperature and turns it off when it drops back down. For a fan, I just got an inexpensive room fan at Home Depot (about $30) -- with a plastic housing so it's rust resistant -- and clipped it to one of the greenhouse shelves. It's all I need to keep the air moving and to cool things down. With that addition, you should be able to grow a variety of vegetables, as well as some more fragile things, like palms or tropical (clumping) bamboos, that will winter over successfully if you add some supplemental heat in winter to keep things above freezing. I have a number of exotic flowering plants from places like S. Africa that bloom in my greenhouse and are safe in winter since I keep it at about 37-38 degrees F with an electric heater.


clipped on: 05.21.2011 at 01:41 pm    last updated on: 05.21.2011 at 01:41 pm

Not Enough Zucchini

posted by: oregonwoodsmoke on 08.18.2010 at 08:48 pm in Vegetable Gardening Forum

I never in my life thought I'd ever say this:

I didn't plant enough zucchini.

I always do 2 plants, and that's just enough to have several good meals of zucchini each week for the long zucchini season. That's for everyone in the family, including the dogs.

Well, I had an empty tray in the dehydrator when I dried apricots, so I tried a batch of dried zucchini. Holy cow, that's good stuff. It disappeared as fast as I could remove it from the drier.

I've dried it plain, with just salt, with salt and pepper, with Costco's brand of Mesquite seasoning, and with smoked paprika. It's all delicious. You can't get a healthier snack and it disappears faster than potato chips.

My son scoops it up by the handful, crunches it down, and looks for more.

So, next year: more zucchini plants. I want to try it with cheese powder and with chipotle, but I am out of zucchini.


clipped on: 08.21.2010 at 04:47 pm    last updated on: 08.21.2010 at 04:47 pm