Saturday, March 14, 2009

The Cloner

It's been a while since I mentioned the cloning machine. It's been running since I built it back in late December. I've been sticking a few cuttings here and there when the pineapple sage outgrows the space under the lights. Last Saturday, I stuck a few pieces of sage and three green cuttings from the brugmansia I was moving outside. One week later, two of the brugs have rooted, one shows a little nub, and the pineapple sage is ready to be potted up. I need to pick up a bag of soil today.

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Sunday, 10:32am - potted up these brugs and pineapple sage. Also potted some pennyroyal that had grown into the foam rollers.

4 comments:

Kris said...

Nice, really nice. Actually potted up my fuchsia that I rooted - YAY. Still, that cloner looks awfully tempting....

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

You have a lot of different methods of propagation going on there! Your yard will be full in no time!

Tom - 7th Street Cottage said...

That's the plan Catherine. That's THE plan.

Kris, wait until you get your cuttings rooted. You'll want them faster. Pineapple sage takes about 3-4 weeks in soil with bottom heat. I can do it in 7 days with the cloner. Some perennials can be propagated this way too. Echinacea, Rudbeckia, Shasta daisies. All you need is a stem that hasn't flowered, but has at least 1 set of leaves. I'll be giving it a go this summer. I want to fill a whole bed with Alaska Shasta daisies.

DirtDigger (Tessa) said...

I think I may just have to try this machine- I'll add it to my wish list! Have you noticed any roots tangling?