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6067Re: [pfaf] Re: Edible Landscaping

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  • Barbara Ebel
    Mar 14, 2013
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      Im of a lightly different opinion.  I have had good luck with poor growing medium.  Really rich stuff seems to encourage rot during this precarious stage.  I dont use stuff completely devoid of nutrients however.  I think its too hard on the plant.  It also depends a bit on what you are trying to start.

      I have had good luck with rooting hormone, but mine says not for use on food plants.  I have not idea why or if that is typical of rooting compounds.  Something to consider.

      Also, be patient.  I have some turmeric, pineapple and some ginger that took almost a year to root.  Plants think differently about time than we do.

      Barbara Ebel
      http://www.greenknowe.org
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      From: fran k <frank_bowman@...>
      To: pfaf@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thursday, March 14, 2013 8:08 AM
      Subject: Re: [pfaf] Re: Edible Landscaping

       

      Nice one thanks Gaardenier,

      I am a successful forest garden nursery plant grower from cuttings and seeds and I never knew that about the poor soil.
      I have a great deal of success with growing thousands of plants.

      Your information about the soil is very very much appreciated.

      Frank.

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      On Thu, Mar 14, 2013 10:59 GMT Gaardenier wrote:

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      >Dear Sam,
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      >You should leave rooting cuttings in peace en their substrate! Do not pull
      >out a.s.o.! Young life is very fragile, didn't you know?
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      >The substrate should be as poor as possible and only retain (rain)water.
      >This will force a good root development, searching for food.
      >
      >Any help to root is welcome for a plant, so root hormones are always
      >welcome!
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      >When clearly roots and small leaves are developing, then you can transplant
      >to a bigger pot with richer soil. Try to keep the surrounding soil around
      >the roots, so that you do not provoke to much stress. Do not add any
      >fertilizer, because again, young seedlings are fragile and easy burnt by
      >fertilizer.
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      >When development is further on, you can slowly and gradually apply
      >fertilizer, if considered necessary. Increase pot size also gradually, and
      >not immediately in a very big pot.
      >
      >Success!
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      >vriendelijke groeten, Kind Regards,
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      >
      >Gaardenier
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      >Flanders/belgium/Europe
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