Thursday, November 30, 2006

Wild Streps?

Well this strep "went wild" and decided to grow right out of its own pot! In this photo sent in by Sharon, we see a potentially tricky situation. For today's Problems and Solutions question: What is the best method for getting the "baby streps" off of the wick and separated from the parent plant? Should the grower leave the leaflets grow to a larger size or would that make more of a problem to separate the root systems? Has anyone else had experience with rooting taking place along the wicking system in a strep or other plant that was wick watered? Let us know what you think!


Barb said...

(I posted this in the wrong place the first time, so here it is again.)
When wicking the roots often follow the wick. I've had the on matting, too. If the plantlet cannot be removed easily, I would cut the wick off and pot the plantlet with the piece of wick still attached. But I would take them off now and keep them in a greenhouse environment until they are established. If the remining wick ends up too short for the large pot, simply thread a new wick.

Anonymous said...

After you've propagated a leaf the ordinary way the baby plantlets are easy enough to separate into individual plants. Sometimes you have to use a toothpick or a tweezers to sort of "tease" them apart, but the babies tend to grow as essentially separate plants. Are the plantlets pictured here individual plants or one rather long, complicated growth on the wicking system? PS: I like the idea of cutting the wick and planting it along with the "baby". It would reduce stress to the transplant.