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How to propagate Cuttings with a potato

posted by: sunshine98 on 07.14.2006 at 01:11 pm in Rose Propagation Forum

I'm doing some cuttings now and I live in West Texas. It's my first time doing it this way but it seems to be working because I'm starting to see new buds on the cutting. I took the cuttings and bore a hole in a potato which started to have roots. The hole I bore on the potato was a bit smaller than the cutting so it is going to be a very snug fit which is good. Then I took the cutting and pushed it into the potato. They say you're supposed to use root hormone but I didn't to see if it works without it. Then you take the potato with the cutting and bury it in good potting soil so that only the potato is covered leaving the cutting exposed. Water well, and cover with a gallon milk jug with the bottom cut off to allow for air and to keep the humidity high near the cutting. "screw" the gallon unto the dirt. Your new cutting should be ready to dig up and plant in Spring. Good-luck!!!!
Sincerely and respectfully,
Nancy aka sunshine98


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RE: rooting rose clipping (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: mgleason56 on 05.22.2012 at 04:39 pm in Rose Propagation Forum

This has been around for years and years, and not something I'd try except for in the fall/winter if no other methods worked (which they do);

1 Cut a piece of rose bush stem 6 to 8 inches long with a sharp, clean knife or pruning shears. This should be done in winter when the blooms have wilted and hips are forming.

2 Cut off the spent blooms, hips and lower leaves. Do not cut the nodes, or eyes, above the leaves.

3 Fill the nursery pot 1/3 full with potting soil and place on a plate or drainage pan.

4 Punch a hole 3 inches deep into a healthy potato using a screwdriver.

5 Insert the bottom end of the cutting into the potato hole.

6 Place inside the nursery pot and cover with soil so that about 3 inches of the cutting sticks out.

7 Place in indirect sunlight and keep surrounding soil moist but well drained for two months. Transplant into a permanent place outdoors in the spring.


clipped on: 09.14.2013 at 10:18 am    last updated on: 09.14.2013 at 10:18 am

"sad" hibiscus - does this look like transplant shock

posted by: roseyp8255 on 05.15.2013 at 11:24 pm in Hibiscus Forum

XBF bought 2 the other day and repotted into bigger pots. Both have bloomed, including this one (see next post with pic of bloom) - but this one is just "sad" for lack of a better term.

I have never had mine do this after transplanting/repotting - i went by and checked it this afternoon, scratched one of the limbs and its good and green.

Am i right in thinking it is just transplant shock? or should i check the roots? I am thinking just cut it back some?

thanks in advance..


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anyone know the name of this clematis

posted by: roseyp8255 on 04.26.2013 at 01:00 pm in Clematis Forum

its a "family plant" of a friend's - gorgeous!


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unknown bush

posted by: roseyp8255 on 04.26.2013 at 01:14 pm in Name That Plant Forum

this a pic of the leaves growing out at top - it was in one of several abandoned HUGE pots here at the apartment complex


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Potting bench from recycled bits

posted by: imrainey on 07.20.2008 at 01:52 pm in Garden Junk Forum

This is the potting bench my GC made me from a recycled kitchen sink:

The sink came out of the kitchen he was remodeling for me. He gave me the aluminum frame from a workbench he was replacing. The tiles were all leftover from various projects -- I've had the field tiles for more than 10 years and even moved them from our old house. Can't let go of anything, I'm afraid! The faucet was supposed to go in our laundry room but it wobbles at the base because of a manufacturing defect so Ikea shipped me a replacement and said to keep the one they couldn't sell. Even the plywood under the tile was a used piece.

The bottom shelf is rescued shelving. The short pieces could rest on the cross braces of the frame. I had to buy a length of shelving for the upper that had to be self-supporting. We also had to buy the plumbing -- piping, connectors and the drains for the sinks. Then I added an undershelf basket (that I had to screw permanently into the plywood) for my handtools.

It's connected to running cold water. There's a short length of recycled garden hose that directs the water from the drains to my near-by tomato bed.

A useful tribute to the concept of recycling! I'm so thrilled with it!


clipped on: 07.21.2008 at 09:50 pm    last updated on: 07.21.2008 at 09:50 pm

RE: Cracks in tile grouting? (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: homebound on 05.30.2008 at 12:13 pm in Flooring Forum

Need to check for movement. When walked on, can you see any movement in the crack (such as change in width)? If cracks return, he subfloor may have to be secured better.

They'll probably regrout, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's fixed. How are are the areas, anyway? If you're lucky, it could just be it was grouted improperly (like mix was too wet, or it wasn't allowed to "slake" (That basically means mix grout, then let it rest for like 5 minutes, then remix and grout.

Also, knock with your knuckle on the tile in those spots. If it's hollow in spots underneath (different sound), that can cause it to move. If that's the case, then those tiles may need to be pulled up and reset.


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RE: how do you clean your hard wood floors... (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: johnmari on 04.26.2007 at 06:08 pm in Flooring Forum

I like the Bona Kemi hardwood cleaning kit, spray cleaner and microfiber mop, available from your flooring dealer or most Ace Hardware stores. (From what I can tell the Bruce and Robbins sprays are exactly the same product as the Bona Kemi.) Use the spray sparingly - if you use too much the floor can look sticky or streaky. We use the spray every other week, sometimes only once a month; have had our floors (500sf) for over 2 years and are not quite through the first bottle yet so while it seems pricey to look at it's really not because it lasts ages. It is easiest to spritz the floor, set the mop head on the floor as far from you as you can reach comfortably, and PULL the mop toward you like you're raking leaves rather than pushing it away from you like you would if you were wet mopping.

Much of the time you just need to dust-mop or vacuum the floors. If you use the vacuum, make sure you turn off the beater bar (on some vacuums you raise it, check your manual) or brush, or use the hose attachment, as the beater bar can scratch the dickens out of the finish.

If you like the dry Swiffers, try the Scotch-Brite version of the cloths - they pick up a LOT better than the Swiffer brand, and you can still use them on the Swiffer mop head. You can use microfiber cleaning cloths on that too, and skip buying disposable products entirely. We simply bought a second Bona Kemi mop head and use that as a dustmop, tossing the microfiber mop heads and cleaning cloths into the laundry with the towels. (Using fabric softener on both microfiber and towels reduces their absorbency, so it's a fine combination.)

A big loud "no" on the wet Swiffer cloths, they're too wet for wood. Don't wet/damp-mop hardwood floors. Washing with stuff like vinegar or Murphy's Oil Soap will void most prefinished flooring warranties nowadays.


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Hardwood Floors & Flea Control?

posted by: carolbarrel07 on 06.14.2008 at 11:42 am in Flooring Forum

What's the best product to use on hardwood floors that have been recently refinished and stained? We have a mix of new red oak & old red oak, all stained the same...but the old oak has its share of crevices and cracks, and various sizes of gaps between individual boards. Those crevices & cracks I've heard are the kinds of places where fleas like to hide & mate. Since we're already having a bad flea season in Georgia, I want to take an aggressive approach to keeping my hardwood floors clean *and* hopefully finding a way to prevent fleas from making homes in the crevices of our floors.

Somebody please help! I'll do anything to keep on top of this, as it is going to be a *long* hot summer here. Thanks in advance!


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RE: Gophers & Moles (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: miwa on 04.18.2008 at 08:55 am in Tips & Techniques Forum

I tried using this gadget, mole trap. It killed a mole, but I had to have my husband deal with mole the body. So then sales lady at Growers Supply recommended mole scram

I tried it last year and it seems like it is working. No moles, and no little dead bodies. lol


Here is a link that might be useful: Mole Scram


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RE: What is wrong with this gardenia? (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: puglvr1 on 04.26.2008 at 09:34 pm in Fragrant Plants Forum

I have only been growing these for a few months, so I'm no expert. I can tell you what has worked for me with the help of many from this forum. They like morning sun and prefably some shade in the hottest part of the day. Although I've heard when they are established, they can take full sun. For me I have it in morning sun and afternoon shade. I fertilize mine every two weeks with miracid and I give it plenty of water. It is in the upper 80's for us now, and no rain yet. Keep the soil moist, not "Wet". If you pot it use a fast draining soil. you can do a search in the "Container forum" for a really good soil mix. Al (tapla) has several great ones. They like high humidity and since I live in Florida that's one less thing I have to worry about. I also use Iron Chelate once every 6-8 weeks to keep the leaves dark green. These plants in my opinion is one that requires more feeding, care and upkeep. I've noticed that if I don't check them on a regular basis, they let me know. Yellow leaves, aphids, bud drops. Sometimes brown leaves are caused by either too much or too little water or low humidity. Yellow leaves are common with gardenias, as long as its not excessive. I have 2 in pots and one in the ground. I've attached a link below on gardenia care. Hope this helps and good luck with your gardenia.

Here is a link that might be useful: Gardenia Care


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RE: Planting bed of peppermint (Follow-Up #6)

posted by: lavenderkitty on 04.27.2008 at 10:51 pm in Herbs Forum

I have a suggestion for that area....thyme!
The low growing, creeping variety, like Doone Valley and Doone Valley Lemon.
They are a great groundcover, evergreen, and not invasive. A very well behaved herb.
Whereas mint spreads by underground runners, thyme creeps along and "roots" itself every few inches, but will not creep under a sidewalk. It likes to "spill over" rocks and walls, which is charming. Doone Valley is only a few inches tall, so you will never need to mow it.
Doone Valley grows very rapidly, and one tiny plant in a
4-inch pot will cover over two feet of ground within two summers. It is a great weed suppressor, and very drought tolerant. Needs full sun. I also cook with this variety, especially the lemon. Smells wonderful.
This has been my experience with it, and I love it in my perennial garden, edging the beds to keep the grass from creeping in, and filling in between the stepping stones.
I step on it all the time (not meaning to, but when I'm gardening lots of plants get stepped on) and it seems to spring right back. I don't know if it can take heavy foot traffic.
I can't say enough about it....oh, once you get a few plants established, you can cut chunks from them and gingerly dig up the rooted area, and plant them elsewhere, easily expanding your supply.


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RE: Quarter round (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: gardenchick1 on 11.30.2007 at 08:51 am in Flooring Forum

I took my builder's advice and stained the moulding to match the floor. He said that if we painted it white to match the baseboard, it would show the many nicks and scratches made by vacuum cleaners and any other object that may bump up against it. He was right -- no marks on the baseboard and you can't tell where I have bumped up against it with the vacuum.

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clipped on: 12.01.2007 at 11:59 am    last updated on: 12.01.2007 at 11:59 am

check out this 10 ft philodendron in calhoun county

posted by: plantaholic on 09.29.2006 at 05:50 pm in Alabama Gardening Forum

this plant is 21 years old and amazes me every time i see it. i have them in my garden, but not THIS big. yes, its planted in the ground.

Here is a link that might be useful: pic of philodendron in the landscape


clipped on: 09.30.2006 at 04:14 pm    last updated on: 09.30.2006 at 04:14 pm