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How To Propagate Iochroma From Cuttings
Last Post 18 Dec 2012 12:44 AM by rhapsody. 16 Replies.
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30 Apr 2010 03:59 PM

    Here's a simple process for propagating Iochroma from cuttings. Enjoy!

     

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    30 Apr 2010 04:32 PM

    This is awesome! Thank you for putting this together. I failed miserably when I used the more mature growth. But after I received the tip from you to use the fresh green growth, I had 100% success.

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    30 Apr 2010 04:58 PM
    Glad to be of help. I think ambient temperature is very important too. Although Iochs love the sun when mature plants, they absolutely HATE rooting if its over 80 degrees. My window for propagation is between the last week in March and the second week in May. After that, forget it.
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    30 Apr 2010 07:26 PM
    LIZ!!!!!!!!!! I loved that ....thank you!
    It's wonderful hearing your voice! And now I know the proper pronounciation of Iochroma.
    I will try this weekend!
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    30 Apr 2010 08:17 PM
    Liz very well done and professional! Thank you I really enjoyed watching.
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    30 Apr 2010 10:27 PM
    I just can't manage to say eye-oh-KROH-muh. I'm from New York, so it's more like "Eh! Guido! Ya wanna make some Yoke-Rome-uz!"
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    01 May 2010 01:05 AM
    Liz,
    very well done and explained.
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    01 May 2010 09:09 AM
    Thanks. It was fun. Still, it's a few minutes short for Oscar contention...
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    01 May 2010 09:26 PM
    Excellent demonstration, thank you.

    One question: why is it suggested to poke holes in the potting mixture rather than just sticking the cuttings into it directly? I imagine that would give a more snug fit, but the rooting hormone would be wiped away?

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    01 May 2010 09:33 PM
    Correct. Better to place them in the holes and then firm up the soil around them.
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    02 May 2010 05:20 AM
    John,
    The reason is that for tender soft tip cuttings the cutting itself might be damaged. So it depends a little bit on the material you work with.
    For sure some of the rooting hormone is wipped of, but this is not the important thing as only those molecules which are directly absorbed to the outer layer of the cutting will induce callusing and you only need a small amount of it to do this. So in some cases using a liquid rooting hormone is better than a powder. The stuff which comes along with Root Riots is very effective.
    My personal preference is a powder that has only IBA in it.
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    02 May 2010 07:17 AM
    Actually, they're not that tender. There really wouldn't be a problem just sticking them into the soft soil, but in this case doing so would remove a lot of the rooting medium - in this case Rhizopan.

    http://www.rooting-hormones.com/BuyNow.html
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    02 May 2010 05:59 PM
    Thanks! I used to use Rhizopan for rose cuttings. For roses and other cuttings from semi-hard or hardwood, I used to remove a narrow strip from the bottom of the cutting in two places, an inch or two up the stem; this is probably not necessary with softwood cuttings?
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    02 May 2010 10:07 PM
    Thanks, Liz,,appreciated the video, and will certainly try it out!
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    03 May 2010 08:05 AM
    John...I've found that the softwood cuttings do very well without any assistance other than the rooting medium. It tooke me a full year to figure out what was going on with Iochroma. I've found that ambient temperature is at least 50% of the battle to root these guys. 70-80 degrees seems to be their ideal environment.
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    05 May 2010 07:11 AM
    Great video Liz!! Many thanks.

    I just purchased some Iochroma Australis from Dany. My plants are too small right now, however I'll try your method next spring.
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    18 Dec 2012 12:44 AM
    I hope that work!! Thanks Liz
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