TRex (Tetrapanax papyrifer) root cuttings - propagation

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TRex (Tetrapanax papyrifer) root cuttings - propagation

Post by phoenix » Tue Oct 21, 2008 5:33 pm

Hi All
Thought I'd better put the step by step guide on (sorry I've been busy moving spikeys).

Step 1 Finding your roots.
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Step 2 Cutting your roots
Use a sharp serrated knife or secatures and cut a well developed rot section from the main plant.
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Step 3 Preparing the cut root
Clean off all the excess soil and place the root cutting on a firm surface for cutting and cut into 2inch sections.
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Step 3b
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Step 4 Potting up
Pot up into 2/3ltr pots of good quality compost so that the top 5-10mm are above the surface of the soil.
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Step 5 Top dressing
Place a layer of grit or garvel to bring the potting medium up to the top of the cuttings.
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Step 6 Cooking
Cook in a propogator at 18-21C until new leaves start to develop from the top of the cuttings. Keeping the compost slightly damp at all times.
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Hope that helps

Steve
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Re: Tetrapanax root cuttings

Post by tropical-pete » Tue Oct 21, 2008 5:36 pm

Brilliant guide Steve icon_thumleft I never knew they could be actually propagated so well from root cuttings :roll: Have got mine in the Sankey at the moment, there's still a little bit sticking out the top as we haven't got any grit but we're going to get some at the latest by the weekend. Thanks for taking the time to do the guide!

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Pete

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Re: Tetrapanax root cuttings

Post by musa_monkey » Tue Oct 21, 2008 5:53 pm

Thanks steve very useful. I probably won't try that with the little one i got from you a while back just yet though :shock:

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Re: Tetrapanax root cuttings

Post by phoenix » Tue Oct 21, 2008 6:55 pm

You should be able to this time next year :)
Just put it in a big pot in the spring and keep it very well watered.

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Re: Tetrapanax root cuttings

Post by AndyC » Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:11 pm

A big thank you Steve, I've previously found getting pups to survive very hit and miss :D
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Re: Tetrapanax root cuttings

Post by phoenix » Tue Oct 21, 2008 7:21 pm

Andy
The big problem with "Pups" is that you don't realise the amount of damage you do to the root system when you lift them.
If they're taken directly off of the parent plant then you are severing the main feed system totally as well as breaking off most of the "Pups" own root system.
I've found that the best way to obtain good offsets is to cut the pup off of the parent plant while still in the ground (expose the linking root sub-surface and cut) then leave the plant for a few weeks to develop a stronger independant root system before lifting.

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Re: Tetrapanax root cuttings

Post by Dave Brown » Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:47 pm

For those of you who are not aware some of us bought some variegated T Rex roots from Steve back in the October Phoenix Gardens sale. Before we have a rush to ask for plants, those who bought the root cuttings had to sign an agreement not to propagate for sale, and my enterpritation of that is, that if passing a plant onto anyone else they should also sign the agreement. Perhaps Steve could clarify. :wink: As we are not talking about a faceless coperation here, I would expect members to respect that agreement icon_thumright I have spoken to Steve about adding this post icon_salut

I had planted my V T Rex roots before Steve put the instructions on here, so my roots were planted flat, the same way as they came out of the ground.
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I put the seed tray in a prop, with lid, without a thermostat, but attached to a 24hour timer with 15 min on 15 min off. This kept the temps to around 18/20C. The first sprout appeared 7th November.
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This was the seed tray by 30th Nov
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The temps became a problem in the sun as it was rising to 35C at times so I removed the lid. This reduced the temps to around 18/20C by day and 10/12C by night. Believe it or not they grew better in the cooler temps. icon_thumright
Here they are on New Years Day

How are the rest of you that have these doing
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Re: Tetrapanax root cuttings

Post by lucienc » Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:00 pm

Cool post Steve, I'd missed it earlier.

I'll give this a go soon :)

(and dam about missing the autumn meet !)

Lucien

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Re: Tetrapanax root cuttings

Post by simon » Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:07 pm

I can't see any obvious variegation in the pic, Dave.

I bought some but Steve forgot to pack them for me, so they got left behind on the counter. He did promise to forward them by post but never did, so I won't be growing any either.

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Re: Tetrapanax root cuttings

Post by bodster » Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:13 pm

mine are growing but no sign of variagation yet either

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Re: Tetrapanax root cuttings

Post by Gaz » Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:26 pm

I thought the general consensus was that it was unlikely that they would end up variegated?

Fingers crossed though!!

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Re: Tetrapanax root cuttings

Post by Andy Martin » Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:52 pm

Member John Jearrard gave a very technical presentation on why he believed there would be no variegation. Unfortunately it wasn't on this forum. I tried the method Steve recommended and all my roots rotted. The roots didn't look that thick in diameter but it was worth the try.

I wonder whether we can get an update on how Steves magnificent Plants are doing in his front Garden :D

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Re: Tetrapanax root cuttings

Post by bodster » Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:02 pm

has anyone got any variagation in their plants yet? mine are plain green

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Re: TRex (Tetrapanax papyrifer) root cuttings - propagation

Post by The Codfather » Fri Jan 14, 2011 8:41 pm

about to have ago at from growing 1 root cuttings.....if I get 1 I will be over the moon.
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Re: TRex (Tetrapanax papyrifer) root cuttings - propagation

Post by Tropical Bob » Sat Jan 15, 2011 2:26 pm

Posted them out to you this morning! icon_thumleft Theyve shrunk/dehydrated to about a third the thickness since being dug up, but hopefully you can get some life out of them! icon_cheers

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