Wednesday, November 11, 2009


In the basement, the light rack is nearly full, even the top shelf. Something tells me I'm going to need another before winter officially arrives. I have the rack, it's the lights I don't have.

First, a test. Stuck on October 28, the pineapple sage and passionvine cuttings are putting out new roots. The salvia is obviously further along than the passionvine.

Pineapple sage (Salvia elegans)

Passionvine (amethyst?)

I'm also curious about the brugs. These Ecuador White cuttings were stuck in soil on October 24. They were in water for about a week prior to that.

Big honking roots!

The newest cuttings have been in water for almost a week, I think. Most are small, about 1/2" in diameter.

Some were larger and one is really a test just to see if I can root larger cuttings.

And some I just got tired of potting so they all went into the same container.

The pineapple sage and passionvine cuttings next to the smaller new orange/yellow brug cuttings.

It's still pouring rain at 55 degrees.

I did find a single cutting of Miss Huff lantana with tiny root starts. The confederate rose cutting in the cloner was getting mushy. I chopped off the bad part and potted it. I also took several cuttings of white butterfly bush and the single Mr. Lincoln bloom. It fell apart overnight from all the wind and rain.


Darla said...

Are you going to plant all of these in your gardens? This is very impressive, pushes my motivational button for sure.

Tom - 7th Street Cottage said...

No way Darla. I'm giving some away to readers of the blog. Others will be sold in a plant sale. Only a couple of each color will be planted in my yard. I've got very little morning sun spots that these brugs love. Now the pineapple sage, yes, that's all going into my yard. I estimate I need 30 plants next year to complete my vision. ;)

Randy Emmitt said...


You need a greenhouse man! I've found Pineapple Sage to be a very late bloomer here in NC, some years the frost gets it before it blooms.

Tom - 7th Street Cottage said...

Yes Randy, I do need a greenhouse. Unfortunately, it's hard enough heating the house in the winter without having to worry about a greenhouse. The hoophouse serves me fine, really. During the day, it gets up into the 90s and rarely drops below freezing except when it's really cold out. I plan to test some of my cuttings out there once I get it set up. Not sure when that will be either. I was trying to wait until December. We've got more 70 degree weather this week.

Darla said...

Thanks for the reply, still very impressive. Do you know about the seed exchange...some of us are offering seeds...I have some up if you want to drop by and see if you are interested. In an older post I also have hot and ornamental pepper seeds....just saying, LOL.

Tom - 7th Street Cottage said...

Darla, I'm hosting a seed swap in the wintersowing forum. I've got tons of seed already for next year too. I'm trying really hard not to go overboard. LOL.

Let me know if you want a brug. I have some to spare. ;)

Lisa said...

Wow, you've really been busy! I'm impressed.


Jill-O said...

"Big honkin' roots." Hah!

LeSan said...

Man that is one sweet looking setup you have there. That must be so nice to visit during the winter months. I have so much to learn from you. Great post. Oh, and I love the turkeys. LOL

Anonymous said...

WOW! This is really something!!! You're so far along you're going to look like a plant nursery by spring. Wish we were neighbors. I'd take some off your hands. :)

My pineapple sage overwinters, but it takes it forever to realize it and come back up. Your way is much smarter.

It rained all day yesterday. I dread seeing my roses this morning. They've been so pretty!