Post by darthstewie on Jun 30, 2020 14:00:38 GMT -5
Hello all, i am somehwat new to becoming a gardner. What do you all use for rooting hormone and media? I recall watching my grabdmother get a pc of a limb from roses, and various other plants and stick them i water, then a few weeks later darn thing was rooting. Sometimes she sould wrap the bottom and others do nothing, and they would grow. Anyways i recently purchased a chili pepper plant that had imo the perfect fruit. Problem is I drowned it...... Well i had a few of the peppers left over and i tried to root it by what i thought i recalled what my grandmother would of done. Seeds and a trimming. Well sedds not germinating and cutting turned into a tooth pick.
So what do you all use for rooting and seed germinating.
As to seed germintion, I use soil, water & sunshine. Nothing else. I do use a rooting hormone to start cuttings. There are many on the market and as many claims as to effectiveness. Home Depot stocks several. Rooton being the most affordable and easy enough to use. Timing and enviroment IMHO, are much more important than tbe type of rooting hormone you use. When I could not afford to purchase rooting hormone I made my own by steeping willow bark in water. Try Rooton and let us know what kind of luck you have. Welcome to the forum. You will find lots of useful information & nice folks here.
David hit it on the head when he wrote the word "TIMING" in his above post as being of upmost importance. For an example, right after a flush, the cutting's energy level will be quite low, as it just spent much of its energy in the new growth. An excellent time to root a cutting, is right before a flush, as the tree has been building up its stored energy for some time. Doing so you will see a high success rate.
Some plants root easyly while others don't. I think roses root quite easily. So I think your grandmother knew what type of plants she was doing it with. I've seen half a leaf of my crassula plant that was left on a stone put out roots. While I've completely failed with some other plants. I've grown chilli but never tried rooting it but I think it should root in water fine. But I do always lose a few of my cuttings so I always do more than I need. Did you remove most of the leaves so I didn't lose all its moisture? Did you keep the air humid? I normally used a plastic bag and spray it with water. Did you keep it in the shade so the sun didn't dry it out? If you done all of those things then maybe the cutting was too big or too small.
As for your seeds are they warm and consistently moist. That should be all they need. Were they fully formed seeds? How long did you wait? Do the seeds still look good or have they gone moldy?
Post by darthstewie on Jun 30, 2020 21:19:14 GMT -5
So far i have not used any rooting hormones. I did try and in process of trying to germinate seeds from the pepper plant i drowned. Done a few in water bottles and some seeds in a papertowel in a plastice bag with water. I bought a full spectrum grow light. So far i havs one sprout up, done some homework on grow light's. I have become more worried fighting leaf minors on my mryer lemon trees and key line trees! 😭
As you have been told, not all plants can be cut down, some do it very well but with others it is not possible. Cutting in water or with a wet paper only work for those that are very easy to root, it is not a good method for most plants.
I think that peppers are not appropriate, but if you want to try it use hormones, bury them in a pot and put a plastic bell to conserve humidity. But I think it is a waste of time, they germinate well from seed and it is easy to have many seeds, the only thing necessary is that the temperatures are high, 20/25 °C and that there are no minimums below 13°C