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Psychotria 'nexus' leaf cuttings

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About a month ago I took 3 leaf cuttings from this nexus plant:

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The leaves were cut in half; the bottom halves were dipped in rooting powder and placed in soil with zip lock bag coverings (I gave one of these away at the last QLD meet - whoever has it, check for roots!):

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The pots were placed in a plastic dish and about 1cm of water was maintained in the dish. The soil would soak up the water and humidify the leaves, never had to mist them. Here are the roots emerging from these bottom sections:

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The top halves of the leaves were dipped in rooting powder and placed in moistened tissue in a big zip lock bag that sat on my desk inside:

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A bit of water was poured in every week or so, again no misting require.

Roots emerged from these cuttings at exactly the same time as the bottom cuttings:

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They still have a way to go, but I was surprised that my first attempt at rooting cuttings seems to be successful so far. Guess it helps to live in a relatively warm climate, no artificial heating and misting was required. Seems like a good time of the year to do this if you have psychotria plants!

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i would still wait a little longer, it's still to cold.

psychotria leave cuttings are easy to strike, and i'm no fan of soil less probagation methodes regarding this plant....hmmm, to strike them is a bit easier, than to harden them out. this methode is excactly the same as "putting a stem in a glass of water", and although it works, it's not the best methode.

if a leaf breaks off of a plant over the cold periode, i would surly save it and root it, but the plants created much later over the season, always outgrow those early ones.

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i would still wait a little longer, it's still to cold.

psychotria leave cuttings are easy to strike, and i'm no fan of soil less probagation methodes regarding this plant....hmmm, to strike them is a bit easier, than to harden them out. this methode is excactly the same as "putting a stem in a glass of water", and although it works, it's not the best methode.

if a leaf breaks off of a plant over the cold periode, i would surly save it and root it, but the plants created much later over the season, always outgrow those early ones.

yeah I guess spring is a good month or two away, even here in sunny qld. unfortunately my hand was forced by my impending departure from this great southern land...

edit: ... so am giving them away to you guys. two have been taken, 3 remain. PM me, qld preferred.

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all taken, hope you guys have success with them. nexus is a lovely plant, the huge green waxy leaves are very cool.

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very excited! been trying to get my hands on it for yonks :lol:

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