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mgardener
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Satish, GG,

Can stem cutting or graft by the methods you've decribed be applied to citrus plants? If so, I would want to try it on some fruit producing plants to make "copies" for myself 🙂

MG

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Hi Amit:

You are yourself giving all the reasons for your cutting not doing so well!! Yes, you can make multiple cuttings from one stem as long as you ensure that each cutting has a few leaves on it & that  you cut diagonally through the lowest node of each cutting.

From the Kashmiri Gate Metro Station right next to the ISBT take a train going to Gurgaon. Disembark at Jorbagh Station. The Jorbagh Nursery is about 5 minutes walk from there. If it is too hot you might be able to get a rikshaw or a scooter. The telephone number of Jorbagh Nursery is: o11-24631999/24649900. It is now called Rajdhani Nursery. Its vey big. It might be best to call & confirm availability before you visit them. Regards.

Satish

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mgardener said:

Satish, GG,

Can stem cutting or graft by the methods you've decribed be applied to citrus plants? If so, I would want to try it on some fruit producing plants to make "copies" for myself 🙂

MG


Hi mgardener:
 

I think we need GG to take a call on this! I have never tried a stem cutting from a fruit plant but see no logical reason for it not working. I have seen low branches on a lemon tree strike root by themselves. In fact that is why one is advised to remove very low branches on citrus trees. And tomato also does this does it not? And Tomato is also a 'fruit! So I would say whatever works in nature should also work when we provide the "helping hand". Let's wait for GG's advice.  I would also like to do what you are planning!! Regards.

Satish

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hello satish

thnkx for the address and contact number. yes, i think it is my mistake for unsuccess of cutting. today i have bought fungicide. that is carbendazim 50%w.p. SPider fungicide. it cost me 40 rs. 100 gram. what are the othe usage of fungicide beside in stem cutting.?

one good news. my small cutting is still alive. it grows two leaves. is.nt it so hurry, just week. i am sure it doesn.t grow roots, then hoe it is growing new leaves. it is a good sign ?

https://picasaweb.google.com/111339169415239870112/StemCutting#5590838249652312098

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mgardener said:

Satish, GG,

Can stem cutting or graft by the methods you've decribed be applied to citrus plants? If so, I would want to try it on some fruit producing plants to make "copies" for myself 🙂

MG


Hi Mgardener,

 

With airlayering, you can definitely make copies of your citrus plants. Though air layering takes little more time, success is mostly 100%.

GG

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AmitChugh said:

hello satish

thnkx for the address and contact number. yes, i think it is my mistake for unsuccess of cutting. today i have bought fungicide. that is carbendazim 50%w.p. SPider fungicide. it cost me 40 rs. 100 gram. what are the othe usage of fungicide beside in stem cutting.?

one good news. my small cutting is still alive. it grows two leaves. is.nt it so hurry, just week. i am sure it doesn.t grow roots, then hoe it is growing new leaves. it is a good sign ?

https://picasaweb.google.com/111339169415239870112/StemCutting#5590838249652312098

thnaks


Hi Amit:
 

Good that you got a fungicide! But besides that you must take a proper cutting and ensure excellent drainage. Just try it the way I have suggested with stones at the bottom and a layer of dry leaves thereupon before filling in the potting mix. And ofcourse you must have drain holes at the bottom and a few on the sides. Then pour in a little water and you will see how good the drainage works. After all seeing is believing and that's what 'practicals' are all about. Congratulations for your 'small' cutting showing new growth. But may I suggest that you please remove the other 'large' cutting that is dead for sure because it might cause a fungal infection and is surely not going to do any good in any case. In the coming season there will be a danger of fungal infection in any plant particularly in the young ones. You will find a lot of uses for the fungicide. I also use it when sowing seeds. So far my 'Raat ki Rani' stem cutting is in very good health. In fact I would like to believe that I can see some new growth there but I would rather wait to be sure! I am not sure if I am right but I believe that posting pictures here uses a lot of space and we should avoid posting those which we have posted earlier too. Regards.

Satish

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April 3, 2011 - 2:01 pm

hi satish sir,

can i mke some holes now at the side of the bottles ? does it make sense ?

yes i put put stones and dry leaves. i removed the large cutting. it was dry and hard.

can you plz explain how an i use fungicide during sowing seeds.?

is not it strange there are new growth just in one week without roots ? mine cutting too grows new leaves, is that means there are new tiny roots ? yes you are right, posting pictures at this site use a lot of space, but we  posted picture at picasa web, and posted only link of the picture at this site, which is a text, that cant cost much more then some bytes.

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Hi Amit 'Sir':

First of all please allow me to suggest that we should not address each other as 'Sir'. We are all friends participating in a great Weblog for gardening. I am of the opinion that no one is anyone's 'Sir' here. In any case you are much more knowledgeable than me and if anyone I should be addressing you as 'Sir'!!! I hope you will agree.

Secondly, please accept my sincere apologies for my misinformed comment regarding posting of pictures on a blog. And my heartfelt THANKS for enlightening me on this subject.

Since you feel that there is new growth already on your 'small' cutting, in my opinion you should not disturb it at this stage. You can always try out the 'drainage system' as suggested by me in a new assembly and a new cutting. I use Bavistin in the water for the sowing medium both pre- & post-sowing. They say it minimises the possibility of 'damping off' in the seedlings. I also add a pinch of fungicide in the water for 'misting' my stem cuttings. During the summer months I add a little Bavistin to any spray for all plants. I think it is better to be cautious!

Yes, it is rather strange for this kind of cutting to grow leaves within two days of planting but nature's ways can be even stranger. So let us just celebrate your success with this cutting and enjoy ourselves. My 'Raat ki Rani' is going strong so far! Please keep your fingers crossed for me and my cutting! Regards.

Satish

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geekgardener said:

mgardener said:

Satish, GG,

Can stem cutting or graft by the methods you've decribed be applied to citrus plants? If so, I would want to try it on some fruit producing plants to make "copies" for myself 🙂

MG


Hi Mgardener,
 

 

With airlayering, you can definitely make copies of your citrus plants. Though air layering takes little more time, success is mostly 100%.

GG


GG,

Thanks for this confirmation. I cannot spend a lot of time back home as I will be on a short leave. Might as well bring some cuttings back to Banaglore and then grow them. Hopefully it will work. So I may not be able to do airlayering; but may be able to get things to root by something more practical.

MG

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hello staish,

i totally agree with you, actually i read your biography, thats why i call you sir.

dont be apologise, you think about website and its traffic, thats big think. thats show you care about the website.

bavistine is fungicide na ? can i use fungicide for established plants ?

good luck for your raat ki rani. i am pretty sure it will bloom. how will you know that there are roots and it is time to pot it in a big pot.? i am happy for new growth , but still afraid of failure. i will celebrate my succes only after transplanting it to a big pot.

i try two more cuttings, Bougainvilla and oleander same way, one small cutting and one big cutting. if one fails, i have a second option ( learn from first try ). https://picasaweb.google.com/111339169415239870112/StemCutting#

how they are ? i am not using tent even on raat ki rani. let see what happen to them. raat ki rani increase my confidence.

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Hi Amit:

I have happy news! With your good wishes the 'Raat ki Rani' cutting is doing fine and has now started to show some new growth too. This is really exciting! I am posting a picture shot today:

https://picasaweb.google.com/108184095189913552151/RaatraniProgress1?authkey=Gv1sRgCKe9_fW-iK-X0QE&feat=directlink

You had expressed some doubt about planting of stem cuttings of trees with large leaves like Banyan. I didn't see a Banyan around but we have any number of wild Peepals growing around the house all the time and in fact have to keep removing them all the time. Thinking about the problem posed by you, I took a 4" cutting from the apex of one of these wild saplings growing in a crevice. I then removed most of the leaves and trimmed the remaining to about 1". With a little rooting hormone I planted this cutting into a similarly prepared pot as I had done for 'Raat ki Rani' with the difference that this was a 1-litre cold drink bottle. The reason for this change was that Peepal leaves tend to 'spread out' and the tent that I used earlier would not have worked since no part of the cutting should be touching the 'tent'. For the 'tent' in this case I rolled up a transparent rigid plastic sheet to a cylindrical form about 8" in dia and taped it along the length. I 'capped' the top of this hollow cylinder with a polypropylene bag and taped the two together. I had used this type of 'tents' earlier too but moved to 'the system with two bottles' as it remains stable even in windy conditions. It is now about 15 days since I planted this Peepal cutting and it seems to be doing fine even though there is no new growth as yet. But everything is bright and green and what is exciting is to see the leaves (or whatever is left of them!) react to changes in ambient temperatures. During the day when it gets warm, the 'leaves' droop only to fly full mast as soon as it gets cool! Maybe you will enjoy its pictures:

https://picasaweb.google.com/108184095189913552151/Peepal?authkey=Gv1sRgCJm-ssyZ9fTLaQ&feat=directlink

As soon as I get a little more time I will try & plant cuttings of Rose and Bougainvillae. The latter roots rather easily. I made four plants last year which are now real big boys!

What is the news of the cutting you planted? Any new ones after that? Regards

Satish

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hello satish,

first of all congratulations. its looks really nice.

when are you potting it in a new pot. ? plz also post the pics when you transplant it ?  actually i want to see how to take out plant from the bottle ?

when i see your progress, it seems , it is too easy , but when i try it, it become difficult for me.

ok, my cutting is intact, no gain no loss. everything seems fine.

1 quetion. what medium you use in the peepal bottle, it doesn.t look like normal soil ?

 

i think you forget to read my last post, just above yours. 10 days ago i try two cuttings, Bougainvilla and oleander. today i try two more motiya and jade . i make many cuttings from a stem and put it in pot , instead of bottles, just because i want to grow them in the same pot. https://picasaweb.google.com/111339169415239870112/StemCutting#

how they are......?

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Hi Amit:

Thanks for the congratulations & sorry for missing your questions. I will let the cuttings grow in the present container for quite some time. That is one of the reasons besides good drainage for taking a large container. The medium is coco peat, sand and some vermicompost. As the plant grows I will provide it with more compost. There is no harm whatsoever in using pots for stem cuttings. I have done it before too. Only I think you have to ensure an excellent drainage and protecting the cutting from dry environment. I have not been able to make out any protection for the stems in the pots. Why don't you put inverted plastic bottles on them?

BTW what is Jade? Motia roots very easily. I made lots of Motia plants last year. Wish you a lot of success. Regards.

Satish

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i am not able to achieve excellent drainage, even after making many side holes.

jade is a secculent plant. it can also be use as indoor plant.

http://www.flowersofindia.net/.....Plant.html

i am not able to confirm mine is jade or not, i just mach some properties that i found on net.

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Hi Amit:

To achieve good drainage, please refer to my detailed description of how I plant stem cuttings. Thanks for the info regarxding Jade. Looks nice. Does it also have a good scent? Regards.

Satish

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Hi Amit:

Today I remembered your difficulty regarding sourcing coco-peat. I am sure your area has many rice mills. If so, why don't you try rice husk as a replacement of coco-peat? In rice growing areas this could be a very cost effective and rather easily available alternative to coco-peat. In case you do experiment with this material, please tell us all about the results.

Regards.

Satish

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May 26, 2011 - 11:17 am

hi satish

after a long time. how are you.

how is your raat ki rani cutting ? i think it is growing nicely. do you transplant it? plz post pic .

my all cuttings fails, expect 3 cuttings.

i taste the sucess with bouganvilla, champa, jade. i will post pics soon.

can you plz explain how to use rice husk as growing medium. i google it but did not get the result. rice husk is availbe here. i got a plenty of rice husk for free .

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Hello,

 

My hibiscus stems are almost a week old(I have wrapped them under transparent plastic covers and followed the instruction as laid out in this forum).

I've noticed that there are a lot of white spots/dots on the stem.

Is this normal?. If not, what is the remedy?.

 

Bhavani

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Hello All,

 

How long does it take for a HIBISCUS stem to take ROOT?

I has been close to 10 days since i have placed the stem cuttings...i see new growth and no root(i tugged one stem out and found that the roots havnt yet formed)

 

Can anyone who has successfully propogated hibiscus stem cuttings please throw some light.

 

The other question i have is..since i see new growth - do i remove the plastic cover uner which i have wrapped the pot containing stem cutting of hibiscus.

 

Bhavani

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Here's air layering technique with detailed pictures
http://forums.gardenweb.com/di.....l-in-a-bag

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