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CUTTINGS ROOTING IN RAINWATER New pictures included ~ Jan.2010. :o)

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These are my gaura cuttings, grown in a red glass vase full of rain water.

Blog #20 …………………………….

Hectic weeks for me recently meant that these cuttings sat in the vase much longer than I had intended….

End result… oodles of roots… Lol.

I’m wondering which plants do well rooting this way.
Penstemon is one….

I would be interested to read of members’ experiences with this idea, please…
Any other plants which have made roots for you like this ?
Any advice ?
Any which didn’t make roots?
Is regular pruning the only way to encourage more top growth of these cuttings ?

Thank you.

New addition to this blog…
Photo by Amy of her Brussels Sprout ! :o)

Pansypotter took Hydrangea cuttings below on 17th July 2009.
They produced these roots by 9th August 2009.

PP says other cuttings taken on 17th July and also put in rainwater, such as Fuchsia, Osteospermum and Campanula, have not yet shown signs of roots.

More rainwater cuttings !
Thanks to Usernut for these ~ put into rainwater on 15th July 2009,
and photographed on 10th August, 2009.
Flax ~ Linum Usitatissimum

Gypsophila and Tom Thumb Fuchsia

20th. August, 2009.
My cutting of Trachelospermum jasminoides which rooted in rainwater.

Any more photos of cuttings in rainwater please ? :o)

Here are Sandra’s Fuchsia cuttings. 26 August 2009, rooted in rainwater ~ topped up with tap water ~ Thanks Sandra. :o)

This is a picture from Spritzhenry, September 2009…
flower on Gaura cutting which was started by rooting in rainwater…

The next six pictures are from Balcony, and are a useful and interesting addition to this blog. Thanks, Balcony !

These three photos are from Balcony, showing his Tradescantia cuttings which rooted in water…

These three photos are from Balcony, of his Tradescantia cuttings which had been rooted in water and now potted up….

Photo kindly supplied by Balcony. Fuchsia cutting in water.
23rd September, 2009 ~

This picture is from Mookins…. Fuchsia cutting in tap water… Oct.09.
Mookins ~ thanks. :o)

Two photos of passiflora cuttings in ordinary tap water.
Experiment by Hmhb. Louisiana, USA. October. 2009.
Thanks for these photos :o)

Another interesting pic. from Balcony…
Busy Lizzies rooted in tap water…

The next four photos are Variegated Geraniums from Balcony ~

Bulbs rooting from Bscott’s blog…
Hydroponic hyacinths in tap water…

Two more interesting photos from Hmhb in Louisiana, USA ~
1st November, 2009 ~ Passion Flower cuttings in water…

Here’s a pic from Jimbo1951 showing a Salix, willow, one month old rooted in vase of water…

Here are five more interesting photos kindly submitted by Hmhb of Passion Flower and Butterfly Bush. Thanks Hmhb :o)

Latest pic from Balcony ~
plant growing in water in a bar in Madrid. Jan.2010.

Two more photos from Hmhb…
Passion Flower cuttings in water..
January 2010…lots of roots ! :o)

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Comments

 

I've rooted Impatiens this way.

5 Jul, 2009

 

I have done lots of house plants this way..
not so many garden variety..interesting to know which will do well like this...good blog..hope we get lots of good ideas...thanks TT ...~cat

5 Jul, 2009

 

You can grow the Pathos Vine (Scindapsus pictus "Argyraeus") in water, or Tradascantia albiflora. Then there is the Umbrella plant (Cyperus sp.) and even sweet potato. At least, that's what it says in my book Terratoony.

5 Jul, 2009

 

I am trying the little dumpy Evening Primrose, TT. I don't think it will work because the stems are quite firm but I thought I would give it a go. There are seeds too so I will collect some when they are ready. I am also trying it with the little brown-leafed geranium (Cheryles Shadow) - I have pulled off some side shoots for rooting (hopefully) but have put the top part in water. Worth a try :)

5 Jul, 2009

 

If you have any seeds or little plants to spare please, Gee, I would be very pleased to have them. Small rockery plants are welcome. I'm not buying plants this year because of the vet bills...:o(

Thanks everyone for all the roots reports so far...
I'll eventually make a list at the top of my blog of those plants we think root successfully in rainwater. :o)

5 Jul, 2009

 

Fuschias also root in water..The problem with rooting in water is that the roots are very brittle and sometimes difficult when planted into compost. You are going to have fun un-tangling those gaura roots. They do root just as quickly (if not quicker) in compost.

5 Jul, 2009

 

AA ~ thanks...
Useful information....
Surprisingly the roots untangled easily....Lol.
I'll wait to see if they survive now in compost :o)

5 Jul, 2009

 

My son has just applied for a job at a place where everything is grown by hydroponics, should be interesting if he gets the job, a whole new way of gardening. I can remember my nan always having something on the window sill in water rooting as she called it.

5 Jul, 2009

 

That's interesting, Sue.
Please put a comment on this blog letting us know if your son gets the job...
It's obviously in the genes to grow with hydroponics... after nan's successes on the window sill :o)

5 Jul, 2009

 

Hydroponics.....ah...I remember you could buy bags of the medium to grow in this way....it was in the mid/ late 80's when we were in Harrogate..Hortag I think it was called....not sure...anyway I did buy some and successfully grow plants in it.....can't remember which ones though..My next door neighbour did some of the initial trials on growing in this way....You had to feed regularly of course. It will be interesting if Sue's son gets the job

5 Jul, 2009

 

ive done my fuchsia cutting like that TT, my nan always did the same with lots, love to conker :o)

5 Jul, 2009

 

Thanks San ~
I must have a try with fuchsias.
Maybe Hywel has advice on that...
Conker sends love to Angelina :o)

5 Jul, 2009

 

awwww :o)) meow

5 Jul, 2009

 

I always root Iresine like this. They are easy to grow. I have never had any success with Penstemons though :o( I wonder why ? Fuchsias also I find difficult to root like this although others are successful.
Good luck with your Gaura cuttings TT :o)

5 Jul, 2009

 

Thanks, Hywel. That's interesting...
Spritz starts her penstemon cuttings in water, but I've had much more success with gaura than penstemon....

5 Jul, 2009

 

Every time I've tried cuttings of penstemons they rot.
Fuchsia cuttings grow roots but when I plant them they rot aswell. lol
I find the best way to take fuchsia cuttings is to just stick them in the side of a pot with another plant or shrub; or even stick them in the ground somewhere .
Maybe penstemons would be more successful that way aswell.

5 Jul, 2009

 

With penstemon, there seems no logic to which of my cuttings succeed and which fail...

Why do you think it works when the cutting is put in the side of a pot with another plant ? Better drainage ?

5 Jul, 2009

 

I don't know, unless it's because it's outside in the fresh air :o)
Or it could be better drainage aswell.
Maybe it's because it's given some peace to get on with rooting, instead of being disturbed when taken out of the water.
Or maybe it's because the roots can form properly in the dark like they should.

5 Jul, 2009

 

I once managed to root fuchsia in this way, but gave them away so don't know whether they survived. I've also managed this with Buddleia, which did survive (not surprisingly), gooseberry, geraneum and Berberis. Well, you just "gaura" have a go, don't you, Tt? Good Luck with yours. :-)

5 Jul, 2009

 

Oh, I'm going to try some of those David.
Buddleia, geranium, berberis... :o)

5 Jul, 2009

 

I'm still having problems finding suitable cuttings material off my Gauras - all the shoots seem to have buds on them. Do you think it would work to pinch out the buds and try the shoots in water?

Hywel, I have tried Penstemons in compost with 0% success - but 100% in water.

Tt - Verbena bonariensis also roots in water.

5 Jul, 2009

 

Hi Spritz...
The Gaura seems to root so readily in rainwater that I think almost any piece you put in will be suitable...

Do you use rainwater for your Penstemons ?
What size cuttings and how many leaves do you keep on each cutting please ? Do you pinch out the top ?
Are they in daylight or in darker conditions ?
I've tried Penstemon cuttings in compost, but it's a very low percentage which actually root...

Useful to know that Verbena bonariensis roots in water.
I lost my Vb a year or so ago. If I get another, I'll be sure to put some cuttings in water. Thanks. :o)

5 Jul, 2009

 

Penstemons - Yes to rainwater. Cuttings seem to be most successful when they are about 4 - 5" tall, bottom leaves all removed, so they don't touch the water. They are in the greenhouse on a shelf, so plentyof light. No, I don't pinch out the tops, as they have all been non-flowering side shoots so far.

Sorry about your Verbena bon. I tried two packets of seeds this year, but not one germinated! Then I looked at the area below my Vbs from last year were, and found TRILLIONS of tiny seedlings! I have pricked out and potted on, but I think the plants are too big to send you one... I'll try to prick out a few more, as I couldn't bring myself to hoe them out! No promises, though.

5 Jul, 2009

 

I'll try your way with the Penstemon cuttings Spritz.
Sounds good...
Amazing that you had no Vbs from two whole packets of seeds... Gee has just messaged that she can send me some baby Vbs, so that will save you pricking out.. Thanks for the offer though. :o)

5 Jul, 2009

 

Interesting theme for a blog - which plants root in water. I've never used rainwater - it's something that has never occurred to me before! Always used tap water!

I've grown many plants this way Impatiens (Busy Lizzies), I seem to remember that I once tried to root a few cutting of the Guinea hybrids in this way when I lived in Spain but I think they didn't root, funny that! I've also rooted Coleus, African Violets, Tradescantias, all varieties & colours.

Fuchsias, for the first time a few weeks ago. Different varieties seem to root at different speeds. I had several different varieties in the same jar, till my granddaughter knocked them off the windowsill! I planted up the few with roots & the others I put in compost to root. I think they dried up. As I have at least 6 pots with several cutting in each on the balcony & some have died while others have rooted I can't tell what results I had with the rooted-in-water ones! Lol!

5 Jul, 2009

 

Hi Balcony ~
Thanks for your interesting comments :o)
If you have another try with Fuchsias, please report back on your results. Maybe put some cuttings in tap water and some in rain water ? Thank you.

5 Jul, 2009

 

Will do! As we are expecting rain this week I'll see if I can get a jarful, if not water from the tumble dryer should be about the same - it's distilled water after all ,just like rainwater!

5 Jul, 2009

 

Thank you :o)

5 Jul, 2009

 

Spritz, I have had to use cuttings with buds on in the past, and found that I could have success, so long as the flowers were mere buds, and were removed. Have also rooted strawberry runners quicker, by sticking them in pots of natural rainwater. I think that some plants may do better in rainwater if they like the acid content?

5 Jul, 2009

 

Have you heard about how if you put a branch of Pussy willow in with your cutting that they will root better? Have you ever noticed how well a pussy willow will root? ..it is because they are a source of the same type chemical as rootone...for rooting..that white powdery substance that you dip stems into...I have used pussy willow many times in with my plants that I am water rooting..mostly house plants..elk horn and the like..got one of those that got stuck in a small fish tank that was supposed to be for a nurse tank for fish...it was only supposed to be for a few moments..well it has taken over the tank and I keep filling it with waer...need to get the poor thing potted up..! The cats like drinking out of it with the elk horn in there...lol

5 Jul, 2009

 

Thanks TT gonna try some Gaura like this i have been successful with both geranium and fuchsia this way, and echeveria does well like this too. it is also a little tip to add the left over water to the compost when you pot up as it will contain lots of natural rooting hormone and will help the cuttings get established.

6 Jul, 2009

 

Thanks David, Cat and Maj ~
Lots of useful tips and information.... :o)

6 Jul, 2009

 

At the moment I am trying to root the cat tail plant cutting this way only with tap water I have rooted a cheese plant leaf which was successful .

6 Jul, 2009

 

That's interesting, Morgana.
Maybe you'll have a photo.
If so, please mention the pic. on this thread, so we don't miss it. Thanks.

6 Jul, 2009

 

I will if it works lol

6 Jul, 2009

 

Well, according to an esteemed GoY member, brussel sprouts will root in water....LOL.

7 Jul, 2009

 

The only cuttings I have rooted in water are the Spider house plants, but after reading all these hints and tips, I am going to have a go with Penstemons and see if I can do any good. I have some Pensetmon seeds and will have a try with those as well. A least my lettuce all grew LOL

7 Jul, 2009

 

I've got plenty rainwater at the mo' I'm going to try the fuschia in it as I have a couple of 'breakages' when we were transporting them home, just small bits really but worth a try.

7 Jul, 2009

 

Hi Gilli ~
Yes, Amy is the expert on Brussels Sprouts rooting in water. Lol.

Pam/Bob ~
Please report back on this blog of your progress with Penstemons and Fuchsias. Thanks. :o)

7 Jul, 2009

 

Great Blog TT im going to save some Rain Water & have ago @ Growing Gaura & Penstemones il let u know how i do TT :)

7 Jul, 2009

 

Thanks, Jacque....
Yes, please put some comments here on how you get on with those plants. I guess it might work with tap water, but rain water would probably be better. :o)

7 Jul, 2009

 

~got lots of Heavenly Blue penstemon seeds which I am drying but not tried rooting bits~ will be off now to trim a few straggly bits!

7 Jul, 2009

 

I won't be able to try with rain water as although we've had a few showers they have been very brief, yesterday around 7pm it fell really intensely but didn't last more than 5 mins or so. I haven't been able to collect any rainwater so far & it doesn't look like I'm going to be able to either! Lol!

7 Jul, 2009

 

Hi Balcony ~
I guess you could try in tap water until you get a chance to try in rainwater... Is that a good idea ?

Hello Arlene ~
Today I put a cutting from the Penstemon you sent me into rainwater, so I'll see how that one progresses. :o)

7 Jul, 2009

 

~you know what I think my fuchsia cuttings are in tapwater so will go and change that now!

7 Jul, 2009

 

Lol. We should get some fascinating results from all these experiments. Can't wait for Amy to join in with another Brussels Sprout. :o)

7 Jul, 2009

 

I have towns-full of rainwater to give away right now, lol!

Majeeka, I remember your tip re rooting in water, and leaving the water alone, even if it turns a shade of green. I used this, to my benefit, Many Thanks! :-) Worked well for the geraniums, etc.!

7 Jul, 2009

 

...so the rule is leave the water, however green it becomes ?

I notice Morgana mentions a cheese plant leaf...
...are we saying that in some cases a leaf will root in water ?
Any thoughts on that, please ?
Any other plants where the leaf would be worth a try ?
Thanks :o)

8 Jul, 2009

 

your welcome David, i have also poured the green water in with new cuttings when planting direct into soil eg dianthus pinks etc, i find it helps there too. and TT apparently, the cutting will produce its own natural rooting hormone, which will be released into the water, hense topping up rather than changing, and/or pouring over the compost of new cuttings.... but you do need to make sure that you keep any leaves or debis out of the water, or this can make them rot.

8 Jul, 2009

 

I'm learning lots on this blog...:o)

Majeekahead has given permission for me to reprint this comment from under one of her photos. Many thanks ~

TT there are so many plants that you can root this way. At the end of the day you lose nothing by trying, do you. In my experience most things that have nodes along the stem will root from the node in water.

The basic rule, as you know, is a straight cut just below the node. Remove all leaves apart from 2 or 3 at the top of the stem. Nip out the tip and remove any flowers. Top up the water rather than changing it. Summer is a good time of year to do it too.

Thanks again, Maj :o)

8 Jul, 2009

 

lol did you print it off then re-type it TT, or copy and paist...that is word perfect!

8 Jul, 2009

 

I copied and pasted Maj, but separated it into two paragraphs to make it clearer to see. Very useful advice. Thanks... :o) Lol.

8 Jul, 2009

 

welcome

8 Jul, 2009

 

I like your new avatar pic :o)

8 Jul, 2009

 

thanks, tis a nice sunny day when taken, and as it is pouring of rain at mo......

8 Jul, 2009

 

Sorry 'bout the rain :-(, but glad to see the greenwater info again - thanks, folks! :-)

I currently have geranium cuttings outdoors. Started off in an ice cream tub with tap water, but, with all the recent rain, the water they are in soon became very green and full of algae. I left them, have just looked, and there are the beginnings of roots forming. :-)

8 Jul, 2009

 

I have had very good luck over the years rooting coleus this way too...only way I did them for many years..

9 Jul, 2009

 

Hi David ~
Very good of you and your children to eat the ice cream so that you'd have an empty tub for your geranium cuttings. Lol.

How about eating lots more ice cream so that you can try some different plants ? Do you think James and Eilidh would help out ? Lol. :o)

Hello Cat ~
Coleus.... good to know they work well rooting in water... thanks :o)

9 Jul, 2009

 

I've done perennial wallflowers in water, and Fuschias, and bizzie lizzies i think things with softer stems do well in water. I didn't know you could do Gauras having just got a new one will try with some cuttings!

9 Jul, 2009

 

That's interesting that the softer stemmed plants do well.
Skilla ~ please report back how you get on with your Gaura cuttings. Many thanks :o)
I'll try a perennial wallflower and see how that goes...

What's the general opinion on the amount of water used, and the shape of the container ?
I chose the vase in the photo because it is tall and thin so the roots could reach down...

9 Jul, 2009

 

I think dark glass or a mug does better too, i just fill one of my fancy mugs on the windowsill with tap water and stick the cuttings in!!! If they root all well and good if not...oh well nothing lost.

9 Jul, 2009

 

I must try some cuttings in an old mug, rather than in glass...
Good idea. Thanks. :o)

9 Jul, 2009

 

Oh, Sewingkilla, this may be a very important factor indeed! Not an expert, but makes sense to exclude as much light as poss in some cases - just like we get some pills, medicines etc in brown bottles and have to store out of direct light? Right, I'm off to the store to buy a pack of beer in brown bottles, so I can enjoy a lovely summer's evening on my lounger, knowing that I'll get containers for my cuttings, lol!

Tt, will also get some ice cream varieties in tubs, too! :-)

9 Jul, 2009

 

David.....
Beer AND icecream !!!
Wonderful that you're making these special efforts in order to help our plant cuttings experiments. Lol.

10 Jul, 2009

 

I always heard dark was best too..beer is too clear David..lol
sorry... (:P lololo....nananananana

11 Jul, 2009

 

I've never bothered to exclude light, I've always used clear glass, I suppose it makes sense to exclude light - after all roots grow underground far from light! No idea though if it makes any difference to rooting times - somebody ought to make the experiment!

11 Jul, 2009

 

I'm currently trying one or two experiments ~ different ways of rooting cuttings. I'll report back here on any results, and I would be grateful if other members would do likewise. With my cuttings, I'm not using as much beer and ice-cream as David. Lol. :o)

11 Jul, 2009

 

I've recently used vermiculite only as a rooting medium for cuttings for the first time this year. I rooted a couple of Fuchsia cutting in it & they produced some very healthy looking roots.

I've mixed vermiculite with compost for years now as it gives fantastic rooting systems. You should see the great mass of fibrous roots the plants growing in this mixture produce!

11 Jul, 2009

 

Thanks, Balcony ~
I've never used vermiculite You've had good results with it, haven't you, so I'm tempted to try it for cuttings... :o)

11 Jul, 2009

 

It was my first try ever & I've been using vermiculite for years, mixed in with the compost. I only tried it because I hadn't compost at the time for all the pots of Fuchsia cuttings & to compare it with those put in the more normal mix of compost & vermiculite I normally use for all my plants.

I also put the cuttings in zip bags but those in the mixture dried out & most of the cuttings died! :( Those in the vermiculite only fared better & I planted them into pots with the normal mixture though with a little more vermiculite. I can't say they "romped" away but they have grown a little & I've finally planted them in the clay pots I have in rings on the balcony railings. I finally pulled out the remaining Pansies & put the little pots of cuttings in their place. That was over a week ago & they seem to be getting on well as far as I can tell at present.

11 Jul, 2009

 

Thanks for the update, Balcony.
Your little pots of cuttings are doing well :o)

11 Jul, 2009

 

Well done, Tt. I'm surprised they rooted so well in water. I don't very often take cuttings of perrenials but wouldn't have thought to do this. I always put them straight into a pot in the cold frame! We live and learn! That's what's so great about this site!

11 Jul, 2009

 

Hi Paul ~
If you have a try with cuttings in rainwater, please report back on this thread. As you say, we're all learning lots on GoY.
This morning, in a comment, I used the word "boogieing"
( don't ask, Lol ) so I checked first to make sure I spelt it correctly. Learn something every day. :o)

11 Jul, 2009

 

It's not a word I'm likely to need Tt!

12 Jul, 2009

 

Lol. :o)

12 Jul, 2009

 

It must have rained heavily or at least for some time last night as today I found rain had filled up 4 of the saucers I have some of the Geraniums in on the balcony railings. I forgot to save it to do an experiment with it & ordinary tapwater! I did what I always do without thinking - I emptied them into other plants that didn't get wet, from being in the shelter of the balcony - one of the disadvantages of gardening on a balcony!

12 Jul, 2009

 

Aye, Cat, but the clearness diminishishishes the mair beer ye drink in order tae get those broon bottles. Noo, I'm singing thon song "Ten Broon Bottles, Staunin' on the Wa', Ten broon Bottles Staunin' on the Wall, An' if wan broon bootle shid acshishiidentally fal'...HIC...OOps! ah'll hae nae broon bottles, tae root ma shoots at a'................

15 Jul, 2009

 

David, quickly.... more beer... we need the broon chocolate coloured bottles tae root the shoots.... !

16 Jul, 2009

amy
Amy
 

Hi TT / Gilli ... sprouts naturally , who would think of growing them any other way ... It saves going out in the murkey cold wintry weather to fetch them as well .. :o)

I have tried a large cabbage in a big glass container , yes it did grow roots they filled the container , it was a monster .. I didn,t dare to put a photo on of it in case you thought I was mad !!! ....... LOL ........

17 Jul, 2009

 

Amy, I'm thinking maybe I should add your Brussels-Sprout-in-water photo to this blog.

Not the cabbage pic !!!
Do I have your permission, please ? :o)

17 Jul, 2009

amy
Amy
 

Yes of course you can TT .. I didn,t take one of the cabbage .. it was to silly ..LOL.. x

17 Jul, 2009

 

Thanks, Amy...
Sprout photo now added...
or is it a cabbage ? Lol

If anyone else has photos of rooted cuttings which could be added to this blog, please let me know. Thank you. :o)

17 Jul, 2009

 

here,s some cuttings i've put in rainwater today, trial and error..lol
salvia, fuchsia, cineraria, red heather, blue cornflower, osteospermum, gypsophila, argyranthemum and linum usitatissimum.
all in clear bottles.
I will try the same in dark bottles and going to try some with a drop of rooting liquid in the water.

17 Jul, 2009

 

Hi Usernut...
Please report back on this blog on your progress with the cuttings. Thanks... :o)

17 Jul, 2009

 

At the moment Im trying Hydranga cuttings in water they are in a glass may swap to a pot instead, Im also going to try perenial Wallflowers and Fuschias so will report back the outcomes.

17 Jul, 2009

 

Yes, please, PP...
and if anyone on this thread uploads photos of their cuttings in water, please let me know, because I would very much like to add their pictures to the top of this blog. Thanks. :o)

17 Jul, 2009

 

Oh Amy, I would love to have seen your cabbage rooting. Not silly at all.....a scientific study!!! LOL

18 Jul, 2009

 

Yesterday *ALL* my pots on the balcony railings & the hanging baskets were "swimming" in water - we had a thunderstorm around 4pm that dumped so much water that I had to empty all the saucers while the baskets were pouring out water through the one & only hole in their bases.

I started to collect the water from the saucers on the railings & got half a litre! (As well as getting soaked in the process!). But as the water had drained through the soil in the pots it was quite brownish looking as well as having soil particles in suspension. I left it standing for about an hour & then decided to use it to water the Camellia that had been protected from the rain.

Now I wish I'd had the sense of mind to take a couple of photos with my mobile. This is not something you see everyday - or year! Lol!

18 Jul, 2009

 

How long does it take cuttings to grow roots?

21 Jul, 2009

 

Hi Usernut ~
When I put cuttings of Gaura into rainwater, the roots seem to appear within a few days. I tend to forget about the cuttings, then go back and find lots of roots. In the future I'll try to make a note of the number of days...

Hello Balcony ~
I bet your Camellia appreciated that rain water.
If there's another downpour, maybe you'll get a chance to take photos... Lol..

Hi Gilli ~
In the interests of science, let's hope Amy does more rooting experiments with Brussels Sprouts and cabbages..Lol.

22 Jul, 2009

 

New photo just added to this blog about cuttings rooting in rainwater. Thank you, Pansypotter, and for the details of the dates when the hydrangea cuttings were taken.

More cuttings reports and photos very welcome for this blog, please..

10 Aug, 2009

 

Two more photos added, kindly supplied by Usernut ~ of cuttings rooted in rainwater. :o)

10 Aug, 2009

 

I've just included another photo ~

my Trachelospermum jasminoides which rooted in rainwater. :o)

20 Aug, 2009

 

To return to this blog, have just taken 19 cutings from a plant - Pelargonium "Black Velvet". Have stuck some in groups in pots, placed on the bathroom windowsill; stuck some in pots of compost, and placed in poly bag "greenhouses", and some in water (which I won't change, but may top up).

I wonder which ones will be most successful?

Thanks, Tt, for making me try these out! Will let you know which worked best for me!

:-)

20 Aug, 2009

 

Hi David ~
Looking forward to the results of your pelargonium experiments. I would like to add photos of those to this blog please, when available. Thanks. :o)

21 Aug, 2009

 

I put some "Wandering Jews" (Trandescantia Zebrina) in water a couple of weeks ago. I haven't checked them yet but I know from experience that they start to root within a few days of being placed in tap water. (Sorry no rain water available!)

21 Aug, 2009

 

Hi Balcony ~
If you take any photos of "Wandering roots" ~ Lol ~ I'd be pleased to add them to this blog. Thanks.

I'm experimenting with the idea of "companion rooting" ~
putting a plant which roots easily in the same rainwater as another cutting to help it along....

Currently I'm trying Gaura cuttings to encourage a rose cutting get started... I'll report back in a week or so on that one...

22 Aug, 2009

 

Hi TT

Today I put some Fuchsia cutting in water (tap - no rain available) & some in compost with 50% vermiculite. We'll see how long they take to root.

I potted up the Trandescantia this afternoon. Sorry but I forgot to take a photo of the rooted cuttings! I did however take a couple of photos of the small green ones which you will find in my garden plans.

22 Aug, 2009

 

That will be interesting to see how long those take to root... thanks...:o)

22 Aug, 2009

 

TT.....I'm dying to join in this blog. There is just one problem!! We haven't had any rain to speak of in weeks and weeks and weeks. It did rain night before last.....I'm sure if I'd collected it, it would have measured almost as much as 0.01 mm. And, it was so hot that it evaporated as soon as it hit the hot ground. :o(
Do you think if I tried pond water it would work??? No, on second thoughts, the pond is too stinky. How about creek water?
I'm trying to root red valerian at the moment but in tap water as that is all I have. No luck so far.

23 Aug, 2009

 

PS.....I'll be interested to see how your rose cutting turns out with its companion.

23 Aug, 2009

 

Hi Gilli ~
I'll report back here when I have some results of my rose cutting and its companion.

Wow, you've had a real drought out there in BC !
Please photograph any of your cuttings which grow roots in water. Thanks. Good luck with the valerian.

23 Aug, 2009

 

Thanks TT. I'm going to try filtered water and see how that works....... :o)

It's not a drought out here....just the usual summer weather. VERY dry...!!

24 Aug, 2009

 

New photo just added to this blog from Sanbaz ~
Fuchsia cuttings... Thanks for that one, Sandra.

Notice the little windmill growing on top of the cuttings in the central glass... that's very clever..Lol.

More photos from other members very welcome :o)

27 Aug, 2009

 

yw Terra, yes it took a while for the windmill to grow this way lol

27 Aug, 2009

 

Trying to compete with the Blackpool Tower. Lol. :o)

27 Aug, 2009

 

lol Terra, yep :o))

27 Aug, 2009

 

New photo added of "Gaura lindheimerei 'Alba ..
... rainwater cutting by Spritzhenry... :o)

17 Sep, 2009

 

After Tt's blog, I thought I'd have a go with my special dwarf Gaura. It took a while to find non-flowering shoots, but I did eventually find three, so in the second week in July, I put them in rainwater in a glass jar in the greenhouse. It took about 3 weeks for the roots to appear. I had to top the water up a couple of times, and when the rootballs were big enough, I potted them up.

I pinched out the tops, and left them - they soon began to bush out into sturdy little plants, and yesterday, one had a flower on it! I shall pot them on and keep them in the coldframe over the winter.

17 Sep, 2009

 

Well done, Spritz.
I was sure you'd do well with Gaura. Of the plants I've tried so far, I find them the easiest to make roots in rainwater....

How lovely for you to have three extra of the little white Gaura plants. Next year, if you produce yet more, we'll have to form an orderly queue to hope for one ! :o) :Lol.

17 Sep, 2009

 

i was just wondering has anyone tried this technique with clematis? if so was it sucessful?

17 Sep, 2009

 

I tried recently with a small piece of Clematis... not successful.... but I might have a try with Clematis armandii and see what happens :o)

17 Sep, 2009

 

me to Terra and nothing :o(

17 Sep, 2009

 

thats a shame, i have about 7 different clematis so i'll give it a try next time i'm in the garden.

17 Sep, 2009

 

Well done for having a try, Sandra...
Yes, please, Womble13 ~ have a go with clematis and report back on success or otherwise... maybe try some in clear glass and some in darker ceramic containers....

17 Sep, 2009

 

my hydragia hasnt rooted either Terra :o(

17 Sep, 2009

 

I tried a rose... no roots..lol.
but... the top part still looks very healthy !

17 Sep, 2009

 

im sure i read on a members page they had rooted hydragia but cant remember who lol

17 Sep, 2009

 

I shall try hydrangea because I think it should root quite easily...
.... Lol... I could be wrong....

17 Sep, 2009

 

good luck Terra and let me know how it goes lol try two then i can have one hehehe

17 Sep, 2009

 

Climbing hydrangea or otherwise...?
Which would you prefer ? Lol.
I'm capable of killing both..hehehe

17 Sep, 2009

 

ummmm well lets see, i have two climbing so normal please, lol, i will wait by the door for my plant heeheh

17 Sep, 2009

 

You could have a looooong wait...Lol.

17 Sep, 2009

 

lol Terra, i`ll pack my buttys and get my sleeping bag ready :o))

17 Sep, 2009

 

Can't take the pressure... feel I should go out in the dark now and take some cuttings... he he he :o)

17 Sep, 2009

 

lol Terra, dont forget your torch hehe, :o))

17 Sep, 2009

 

I have to report that I had no luck with the red valerian.....it turned black and I had to throw it in the compost. I'm now trying with a piece of variegated London Pride that broke off a plant at work. It's been in the water for over a week and there is no sign of anything happening. I'll keep you posted.

19 Sep, 2009

 

I have rooted some branches from the Wandering Jew in the kitchen. As I thought would happen they had roots in a week but I didn't pot them up for a week or more after I had seen the roots.
I've taken a photo of the vase they were in with the sun shining through the vase illuminating the roots! Unfortunately I can't get hold of rainwater so they root in tap water.

If you would like to use them here, you'll find them in My Photos.

I've put some Fuchsias in water to root as well & the other day I saw at least one stem was beginning to make roots. I shall have to go back & check them tomorrow to see if any more are making roots yet.

19 Sep, 2009

 

Thanks, Gilli and Balcony...
I'm so pleased that the cuttings in water experiments are continuing. :o)
I'll catch up and put your new photos on this blog on Monday....

19 Sep, 2009

 

A fascinating set of six pictures ~

added to this Cuttings In Water blog today ~

Tradescantia cuttings, rooted in water, and then potted up.

Thanks to Balcony :o)

21 Sep, 2009

 

my fuchsia satellite cuttings all went horrible and had to be thrown~the stems are very thick and nothing worked~however I have let it go to seed and there are several nearly ripe fruits on it from which I hope to get seed~if all else fails think laterally!

21 Sep, 2009

 

Hi Arlene ~
Thanks for the update on your Fuchsia satellite cuttings...
Let's hope you have more success with the seeds.

I have a rose cutting which has been in a vase of rainwater for quite a while. Although there are no roots, it looks much healthier than those cuttings I tried to root in compost... So I shall keep it in water a while longer and see what happens !

21 Sep, 2009

 

Thanks, TT, for adding the Wandering Jews to your collection of photos. I may have some photos of Fuchsias cuttings rooted in (tap) water in a day or two. I haven't checked them for a few days but tomorrow perhaps I will find the time.

The Tradescantia are even more fool proof to root in water than Busy Lizzies as they won't start to rot if you forget to take them out after a few weeks! They start to root after only a few days so make good cutting for little children who can become quite impatient.

22 Sep, 2009

 

Hi Balcony....
Your photos are a wonderful addition to this blog...thank you...
... more pics always welcome. I found that the Gaura cuttings didn't mind being in rainwater for weeks.... :o)

22 Sep, 2009

 

New photo added to this cuttings blog today...
Fuchsia cutting in water... 23rd September, 2009.
Thanks to Balcony for this pic. :o)

24 Sep, 2009

 

Your welcome, TT! :-)

I still have some more Fuchsia cutting that have just the slightest trace of forming roots so I shall wait another week or two before putting them in pots. I'll take a couple of photos of them & post them here & then let you know.

Perhaps in a couple of weeks I shall take a few Busy Lizzies cuttings. They root very readily in water. All the length of a cutting below water will put out roots so it's not necessary to prepare them by cutting under a leaf node/joint, just a clean cut so there are no jagged edges to rot.

The Tradescantia or Wandering Jew, in all their species & varieties will also root very readily in water & like the Busy Lizzies, along all the length below water level.

Has anybody tried rooting African Violets in water? You just pick off a leaf, trim the end of the stem so as not leave jagged edges put it in a glass of water taking care to keep the green area out of the water. I did this by poking a hole through a piece of cardboard & putting it over the glass. They take quite some time to root so need the water topping up from time to time.

When potted up they start to form tiny little plants at or just below compost level. Then they grow pretty quickly. I had several colours once upon a time. I just collected fallen leaves form the flower stand at the supermarket & then did as explained above. Though I find them just as easy to root in compost.

24 Sep, 2009

 

Thanks, Bornagain ~
Lots of useful information here....
...clever to push a leaf through the piece of cardboard...
... and very kind of you to clear up the fallen leaves at the supermarket ! Lol...

24 Sep, 2009

 

.. and very kind of you to clear up the fallen leaves at the supermarket ! Lol...

I'd do anything to get some plants that I like for free! LOL!

I found I had pink & a light blue, both very nice!

26 Sep, 2009

 

Well, the supermarkets like to promote all kinds of recycling...lol... so they would be proud of you... in pink and blue... lol.

30 Sep, 2009

 

New photo by Mookins included in this blog today...
Fuchsia cutting in water. :o)

16 Oct, 2009

 

Just last week I planted up the only two Fuchsia cutting that had developed roots in water. I was going to take a picture of them but the roots were so poor I didn't bother in the end.

I've now potted them up & I hope they will grow on during the winter. The rest I threw away! They weren't rotten but I thought that they will never root after weeks in water & anyway they had lost most of their leaves. :-(

I have a couple of Busy Lizzy cuttings in water but they don't look very happy. It's strange because they normally start to send out roots within a few days & are almost foolproof! I'll let you know in a week or so if they have produced any roots. If they do root I'll get you a photo or two to post here.

16 Oct, 2009

 

Thanks Balcony for the update...
Any news on the Busy Lizzy cuttings ?

Today I've added two interesting photos of Passiflora cuttings in ordinary tapwater from Hmhb in Louisiana, USA.

Thanks for those, Hmhb, and please give us updates on your experiment, and more photos if possible. :o)

18 Oct, 2009

 

wow you huys have been busy
wish Id taken more pictures
must say though I cahanged my water every couple of days when it was looking "yuk" and its still grew!
wish I had known about not changing could have done an experiment

x x x

18 Oct, 2009

 

Yes, you did well that your cutting grew so many roots...
Maybe try again, with a different plant, Mookins ?
Thanks again for permission to include your photo.:o)

18 Oct, 2009

 

more than welcome hun

x x x

18 Oct, 2009

 

Balcony's photo of Busy Lizzies rooted in tap water is the latest addition to this blog. Thanks Balcony :o)

25 Oct, 2009

 

That's OK, TT. Maybe next week I'll have another pic for you - this time it will be another experiment I'd never done before - variegated Geraniums!

When I took the Busy Lizzies out to photograph & then pot up I looked at the Geraniums & changed the water. I noticed that on a couple of them the first beginnings of roots! I've always rooted Geraniums in compost, I expected them to rot after a few days. But they are still alive! I prepared them in the normal way I would before putting them in pots of compost to root but put them in a cup of water instead.

Has anybody else ever tried to root Geraniums in water before?

27 Oct, 2009

 

Thanks Balcony...
I'm finding these experiments and photos very fascinating. :o)

27 Oct, 2009

 

New photos added today from Balcony and bscott.
Many thanks :o)

1 Nov, 2009

 

Latest photos are two from Hmhb in Louisiana...
... thank you.. :o)

1 Nov, 2009

 

Interesting is a good way of describing this blog!

Thanks for including my photos once again TT. I'm afraid there will be no more from me till the winter is over & spring is in force. I have no plans of rooting any more cuttings in water. That said I may change my mind at any moment if I find something of interest during these next 4 or 5 months. :-)

I think I got the idea of rooting Geraniums in water from this very blog as I did the idea of rooting Fuchsias in water. Two plants I've never had problems with rooting in compost. So your blog has served to give me new ideas at least. I hope others on GoY have been inspired to give this a try as well. Thank you TT for the excellent idea of making this blog & encouraging others to post their experiences. :-)

1 Nov, 2009

 

Hi Balcony ~
Your contributions to this blog have been very useful.
Thank you.

Perhaps next year I should start a new Cuttings in Water blog. See how things go...

Maybe amongst your lovely photos, you have one flower pic., please, you would like included in my new blog written on 1st. November......
....entitled... I used to Like You, now I Love You. :o)

Thanks. :o)

2 Nov, 2009

 

Latest photo..... willow...salix... cuttings from Jimbo1951.... thanks :o)

27 Nov, 2009

 

African Viola is easy to do as a leaf cutting just take/cut a leaf off with stem and stand in water I have done this with good results a couple of times

27 Nov, 2009

 

Thanks, Jimbo.....
useful information for this blog :o)

27 Nov, 2009

 

Five more photos added today from Hmhb of Butterly Bush and Passion Flower cuttings rooted in water... Thanks. :o)

16 Dec, 2009

 

Thanks Balcony for your latest photo of a plant growing in a bar in Madrid ! :o)

11 Jan, 2010

 

I originally took two photos, one was a close up of the roots in the vase but, as often seems to happen with my mobile phone camera, it came out blurred so I had to delete it! :-(

The last day in Spain, we spent in Madrid, with my sister-in-law. She took us to a bar where they also do meals & we had lunch there. While we were waiting we were having a drink & I noticed the plant growing in a small vase of water on the counter! By the amount of roots in the vase it had obviously been there a very long time. I just had to get a photo for TT's blog!

14 Jan, 2010

 

Thanks for the story, Balcony, and for getting the pic. for this blog...
Yes, I reckon that cutting had been in water for quite a while ! Lol.

Another of your photos is in my latest blog about new GoYpedia pages : Mosaics, Balconies, Watering Cans. etc. :o)

14 Jan, 2010

 

Thanks, TT. I'll go along & have a look.

14 Jan, 2010

 

Just added....two more pics.from Hmhb....
Passion flower cuttings in water ..
with lots of roots ! :o)

17 Jan, 2010

 

What a fabulous blog and thank you to everyone involved.
I shall definitely be trying this out with my fuschias and geraniums when they arrive :)

4 May, 2010

 

Glad you enjoyed this Blooming ...
Please report back here at a later date, how you get on with your cuttings in water... thanks...

... we've built up quite a picture on this blog of cuttings experiments :o)

4 May, 2010

 

Will do :O)

4 May, 2010

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