It’s frowned on by green thumbs. But when I just stick my cuttings in a jar of water on the window sill and replace the water every few days I have a very high success rate at them growing roots.
For all the problems they mention, like them being the wrong type of roots, or weak roots, they’ve had great success when planted in the ground later. The stems being struck in pots of soil are too finicky for me, like they dry out and dye, and need constant watering and temperature fluctuates too greatly outdoors.
So far I’ve propagated rosemary and passionfruit. Figs and blueberries look like they’re breaking out roots too.
I have really good luck doing this combined with root trimming. As soon as the roots get a couple inches long, I cut them back to 3/4 of an inch or so. It forces more roots, and forces the current roots to develop the small feeder roots. The roots look like feathers after being trimmed a few times.
Trace Oswald wrote:Mart, could you explain more about what the cloth does? Does it just wick water from the bin below to increase humidity or ? I'm not really understanding your setup and I'd like to give it a try.
Sure... in the clear tupperware plastic turned upside down is a peanut butter jar filled with water. The cloth in that peanut butter jar increases the humidity inside the tupperware so the leaves stay nice and moist.
I have also put in wet rags inside of the upside down clear plastic. Just be sure it does not touch the cutting at it will cause it to rot, but inside not touching the plant works wonders till the plant gets rooted.