My first croton propagation

Discussion in 'CROTONS IN THE LANDSCAPE' started by Brenton Cloud, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. Brenton Cloud

    Brenton Cloud New Member

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    I took the advice of a member on how to find rare and unusual crotons. Drove around the nice/old neighborhoods where I found old established crotons. I took a few cuttings and boom! In the vase. Unfortunately I can’t figure out how to upload the photo to this forum! Anyone ever considered moving this group to Facebook?
     
  2. palmisland

    palmisland Well-Known Member

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    That's the way I got a lot of mine. You can root the in large plastic bags also. P.M. Dean the moderator & he'll help with the photos.
     
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  3. Brenton Cloud

    Brenton Cloud New Member

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    Cool thanks!
     
  4. Brenton Cloud

    Brenton Cloud New Member

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    Well my cuttings all wilted and died. No roots. Did it in case with water. Any suggestions? It was cold outside when I did it so I kept it all inside.
     
  5. Perry Edge

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    Just because the leaves withered away doesn't mean that the sticks are dead. To test this, scrape a little bark away near the cut and see if there's a layer of green underneath the bark. If there is, the stick is "alive" and can still be propagated, under proper conditions. This is because most of the cutting's energy is stored in the sticks, not the leaves.I know of one nursery which removes all of the leaves and roots only the sticks!

    The method I learned is to leave about 5-6 mature leaves on the cutting, pinch off any green new growth, and remove the bark and green layer for about an inch down to the end of the stick. Be sure to scrape off all green material. If the cutting has large leaves, you can take scissors and trim the leaves by 1/2 to 2/3. If your cutting has a long stem, it can be divided up into several sticks. For rooting medium, you can use Perlite, Vermiculite, composted pine bark, or filtered cypress mulch. I use aspirin-water (one original Alka-Seltzer tablet per gallon water) as a rooting hormone. Keep the medium moist, well-drained, not saturated. Then the most important thing is heat (70 + degrees) and humidity. Mist the leaves and then place the potted cuttings in a sealed clear bag. The bag should be placed in bright light but never in full sun. Crotons vary greatly in how long they take to root. Under ideal conditions, most take 4-8 weeks.

    Don't try to root cuttings in water. The roots you get are generally too weak to make the transition from water to soil. Good Luck!
     
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  6. Brenton Cloud

    Brenton Cloud New Member

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    Awesome thanks a mill
     
  7. Native son

    Native son Esteemed Member

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    Well described Perry I have used this very method in the past. Missed you at the last meeting!!
     
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    Going to miss Perry....................................................
     

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