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#1 Karin Andresen

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Posted 12 March 2011 - 03:13 PM

This homemade system is easy to make, inexpensive and very effective. The components are shown in these photos:
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To use the system:
  • Drench the vermiculite.
  • Fill center clay pot with water.
  • Refill clay pot water as necessary.

This creates a uniformly moist environment to root the cuttings.

To root cuttings:
  • Cut the end of a healthy stem. Ideally one showing recent growth.
  • Remove the lower 1/2 - 2/3 of leaves.
  • (Optionally) Dip in rooting hormone powder such as Rootone.
  • Plant into vermiculite.
  • When they've rooted they will show new growth.

Here are some geranium (Pelagorium) cuttings about ready to be transplanted into pots.
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I've had success using this method with cuttings of rosemary and boxwood. Would probably be successful with any plant that is easily propagated from cuttings.
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