Rooting for Aeroponic Roots
The basic practice of farming just got more interesting. In modern times one does not really require a farm to develop roots of a plant. It is very possible to sit at home and develop your own roots at home. Rooting your own plants at home is among the great joys of modern day gardening. Among its very crucial benefits is that it’s economical. This is because you get to increase your plant collection for little to no cost, just the soil and pots, plus of course your effort. There’s a great sense of satisfaction involved when a cutting roots successfully and begins to grow into a vigorous adult plan.
Basically, there are two ways to root plants: in water, and in a growing medium. Many plants, such as spider plants or pothos vines, will readily root in a glass of water and then can be transferred to a pot later and the process is over. Others resist rooting in water and require a rooting media such as soil, and perhaps even rooting hormone and a warming pad to stimulate root growth.
Taking and rooting cuttings is a way to quickly make more plants. Plain water is an appropriate rooting medium for certain plants like coleus, mint, wandering Jew and African violets. Most plants that can successfully produce roots in water rather than a solid medium have thick, succulent leaves and stems. Before beginning the process ensure that the cuttings are from a healthy, vigorous and disease-free plant and make sure you clean and disinfect the jar between uses. Use the process illustrated below to get guaranteed success in the final results.
The first step will involve watering the parent plant thoroughly a day or two before taking cuttings so it is not under drought stress. Cut up to 3 or 6-inch sections of stem that each contain a growing tip, if possible, off the parent plant. Make a clean, angled cut just above a leaf node. Trim off any leaves on the lowest one-third to one-half of the cutting, keeping at least two leaves on each cutting. This will ensure that the process of photosynthesis is not disrupted from the cutting. It is also very crucial for the survival.
The 6 Easy Steps of Rooting –
1) Locate the cutting you desire to take.
2) Cut a 4-7 inch cutting and dip in EZ-CLONE Rooting Compound
3) Insert cutting in a cloning collar or other suitable medium.
4) Monitor cutting as the propagation process begins.
5) Once roots are visible transplant into larger container.
6) Enjoy your new clone!
Place the cuttings in a water-filled jar so that the leafless portion of the stem is submerged in the water and the remaining leaves are out of the water and hanging over or resting on the lip of the jar. Set the jar with cuttings and water somewhere that gets partial sun, like a windowsill, where it will not be exposed to extremely hot or cold temperatures that might affect the process.
Check the cuttings regularly to ensure they remain in the best position. Add more water to replace the potion that evaporates and replace water that becomes cloudy. If roots turn brown and mushy with rot, discard the cuttings and water, clean the jar and start over with fresh cuttings. Once several roots have appeared and grown a few inches long, the cuttings are ready to be gently planted in moist potting soil. in order for the rooting process to be successful, your patience is required.