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Project by Vallyncia posted 12-26-2010 01:45 PM 2097 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As many of you read, this Christmas one of the gifts I gave were “plant babies”, cuttings and seeds from several plants I have in my home.
I started this project back in late October, thereby allowing enough time for the cuttings to establish roots and survive the transplanting. I chose my spider plants and jade plants because they are the easiest to grow from cuttings.
First I took a small cutting from the plants (from the jade it was just a piece of the main plant, the spider plant grows little offshoots that each become new individual plants). Then I placed the cutting in water with a bit of miracle grow and let them grow like that for 4-6 weeks.
About a week before giving the plants away I painted some pots and let them dry overnight. Then I prepped the pots with dirt and transplanted the plants into their new homes.
I included a small instruction sheet with the plants so that they would thrive in their new homes. I waited to ensure the plants would survive the transplanting (had a 100% success rate!) and then gave them away to friends and family.

-- Gardens are a form of autobiography. ~Sydney Eddison

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posted 12-26-2010 02:34 PM

I’d like to have your, wait, that doesn’t sound right….Great idea, I wish I could have a jade plant ( I already have a spider plant)

Nice idea and great planning!

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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posted 12-26-2010 08:08 PM

Your family and friends will enjoy their new plants….and watching them grow. Especially since they had their beginnings from your thoughtful efforts.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 12-27-2010 09:47 AM

Nice idea.I bet everyone loved them.

-- Bon,Hastings, 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 12-31-2010 06:34 PM

I think you had a great idea. The recipients will enjoy them for a long time and be able to think of you as they see the plants thriving. You could even turn this into an annual tradition, sharing your gardening abilities with friends and family every Christmas.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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posted 01-01-2011 06:10 PM

how wonderful.
a pleasure to give and a treasure to receive

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 01-03-2011 12:04 AM


“they” say its always better to give then recieve,

I pray “they” are right

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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posted 01-07-2011 10:52 AM

That’s a charming idea for Christmas gifts, I normally give Chutnies and Jams etc; never thought of something like this.

-- Peonies,

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posted 01-23-2011 10:48 AM

I’m not too good at propagation! I was able to get a jade plant to root, of course I tend to neglect it. I want to try to root roses, they just keep rotting, I decided on a whim to try a method I saw that was used for figs and kiwi- It’s the kiwi with the roots that gave me the Idea. I took cuttings yesterday (Jan 22 2011) from my three rose bushes, removed the thorns dipped the ends in a rooting hormone wet a paper towel with peroxide to where it was damp, placed the stems in a ziplock bag and then placed them in my fridge. I’ll leave them in the fridge for a month and check them weekly. I know two of my roses were showing new buds, the third I was not sure of.

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posted 01-23-2011 01:04 PM

Sharon – that sounds like an interesting experiment. Be sure to post a blog and let us know how it worked

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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