Post Number: 10534
|Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 10:05 pm:||
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Posted: May 16 2002,01:24
Okay, here is a short description of how to take leaf and stem cuttings of psychotria.
I had heard of how to do it many years ago, but you really never get a good idea until you get to see it firsthand, so here it is.
1. I have a few different psychotria.... First is a viridis I got from Rick Hepting around 1996 or 97, I forget, he claimed to have gotten it from Rob Montgomery of Allies. These ones are about 3ft tall.... kinda small considering they're many years old, but I've cut them some.... This is the only one I have been taking cuttings of so far.
This is one I recieved from Dan McD, he dropped it off one Xmas, I believe he was going out in the woods and needed someone to care for it. It seemed like it wouldn't grow forever... but finally it started to get going. It has real drab leaves without as much of a sheen as the viridis above. I think he said he grew it from seed and maybe that could be the difference. It also seems to be a much flatter leaf.
This is a Psychotria carthageninsis that Dan McD dropped off with the viridis. You can tell it has much more rounded leaves. Rounded at the tip and rounded more overall.
Ok, so on to propagation....
Obviously, for a leaf cutting you would take two of the oldest most mature leaves you can find. Very young small leaves will indeed root, but in my experience the older the better. They will put off more babies, and hold up longer in the dirt.
If you just stuck a leaf in the dirt, you could get 1,2,3 or maybe even 4 plants out of it.... I've found if you crack the stem, each crack functions as a node. With a little practice as many as 20 plants can be obtained off of one leaf. I like to keep 3-4 together as it makes a nicer bush with time.
Notice the cracks in the picture below
I place the leaf in a pot like so.... putting the 'stem' of the leaf further down into the pot
They should look like this when potted up
Given a month of warm temperatures roots should emerge
and with any luck in 4-6months little plants should be growing in no time. This is a young leaf cutting, I will cut the plants of the leaf (doing as little damage as possible) and replant the leaf as it will continue to push up more plants in the next year.
With some patience and a few leaves, well and 3-4 years you should be able to obtain a fair supply of plants.
The only pests I ever have are 'Horned worms, I do not spray anything on these plants to kill the bugs, instead i smoosh them with my hands or wash them off... horned worms can do this overnight:
Aphids and whitefly are predators of the young leaves of psychotria, they are easily controlled with neem extracts or with the old finger smoosh
In my opinion when possible, stem cuttings make better young plants... Here is a picture with a leaf cutting on the left and a stem cutting on the right. Both cuttings were taken on the same day. Notice how the stem cutting has branched out much more, whereas the leaf cutting has much younger softer leaves.
|Posted on Sunday, May 18, 2003 - 05:54 pm:||
|Posted on Sunday, May 18, 2003 - 08:04 pm:||
... Seems there are some different types of Chax exist, some is very resistance for cold and dry weather. my lovely one, she is still surviving for some years. (I m in North europe (51°N) )
This month getting FLOWERS !!!!
|Posted on Sunday, May 18, 2003 - 09:40 pm:||
care to turn loose of a cutting or two ?
|Posted on Monday, May 19, 2003 - 11:29 am:||
got a plant from a friend just now it is kicking back into growth... i have 2 leaves that have rooted well and i have been waiting for 2 months now to see plants.. still no sign of em.. i took them out and they had massive rootes all over... how long should it take. ? jojoba
|Posted on Monday, May 19, 2003 - 12:34 pm:||
i think you're supposed to cut out a small section of the leaf, with attached roots, and transplant to container, etc. then i hear you should see growth in about 3 months but that's only hearsay, i'm just getting my feet wet in this area myself.
maybe we can learn together.
|Posted on Monday, May 19, 2003 - 03:30 pm:||
sounds like a plan HIp.. good to see you at the other site.. jojoba
|Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2003 - 10:25 am:||
they seem like a nice bunch of folk,
i've been trying to spend some time there everyday reading thru their archives as fast as i can.
a pity their activity is so low, it needs more publicity, hopefully our link will help draw some traffic their way.
|Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2003 - 11:07 pm:||
I think it will HIpppie there is a lot of good information there to be taken in.. im still working on it.. i love the all the trading too.. jojoba
Post Number: 10535
|Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 10:07 pm:||