super wandering jew

Gardener asalter at extro.ucc.su.OZ.AU
Thu Oct 27 23:50:40 EST 1994


In article <Cxu440.Mny at cunews.carleton.ca> ug940078 at omega.scs.carleton.ca (Sean Ebert) writes:
>Here's an odd question about "super-charging" a wandering jew:
>
>                     main plant
>    stems                      \         +---- nodes
>         \                __---_ _---__  V
>          __---_ _----_ _/   ___|___   \_ _----_ _---__
>              __|__  __|__   \     /   __|__  __|__
>              \   /  \   /    \   /    \   /  \   /
>               \_/    \_/      \_/      \_/    \_/
>
>                ^      ^        ^        ^      ^
>                |      |    main pot     |      |
>                |      |                 |      |
>                +------+----sub-pots-----+------+
>
>Would this actually work?!!

Yes. This is a technique of propagation known as compound or serpentine
layering. It is commonly used to propagate climbing or trailing plants and
works with or without pots ie stems can be layered to a bench or garden bed,
then cut up after roots are formed.

It works better for some plants than others. Philodendrons respond well to this
method. Woody plants may need a slice into the lower part of the stem to
stimulate root formation. Most propagation texts have a comprehensive section
on different types of layering - its a method most gardeners can use to
reproduce their favorite plants.

Adrian





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