6063RE: [pfaf] Edible Landscaping
- Mar 14, 2013
What plants are they? The main thing being if they are hardy/temperate... It looks as they are as they did have no leaves when they arrived! In that case the ones in the garage are better off as they are still dormant! Normally hardwood cuttings (deciduous shrubs/trees) are taken straight after leaf-fall and then placed in compost or open soil in order to callus and then make some roots before winter. Then they are ready to grow when temperature and light-levels rise in spring! By putting them in vermiculite in a light position the plant came in a false believe it was spring and unless you keep the temperature and light-levels up it won’t be happy!
Best wishes, Yoke
I met someone through Yahoo foraging groups who kindly sent me some plants in exchange for some mushroom spores. Unfortunately the plants came as dormant cuttings. Some I placed in damp soil in pots in my garage, and others I put into lightly moistened vermiculite in a glass jar in my house at room temperature. Every week or so I've pulled out the sticks from the jar to see if roots came in yet. Last week one did have a thick root sticking out. I put it back in, and it snapped off.
Should I just leave it there until roots grow & hit the glass (so as to not pull it out from time to time)? Or should I check on it as I did, assuming they won't break coming out, but then dig a hole to put it back in to not harm the root going back in, and then fill the hole in w/the vermiculite? When do I transfer it to soil?
Also, I've looked into rooting hormone, but so far what I've read doesn't show it to do a lot (a modest increase in rooting at best). Any suggestions on that topic?
Sam Schaperow, B.S., M.S.
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/plantforagers/ (Co-Moderator of the world's most active Yahoo plant foraging group)
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