Post by Pharmer Phil on Dec 17, 2015 6:17:43 GMT -6
NOT..really a houseplant question..well..sort of...
I failed I took cuttings from some of the plants..that we NORMALLY...bring in. Since we have ONE window that gets adequate sun to allow plants to SURVIVE (NOT THRIVE)all winter.. I thought taking cuttings of: Thyme, Rosemary, begonia and a Elfin impatient would be the way to go to save room and so we could SEE outside this winter.
Took cuttings store bought rooting compound Used them lil jiffy 7 "pucks" (that's what the farm store calls em') Domed tray...
all went well for awhile..then, all but the Thyme...started dying
Had some bottom heat under the tray (about 70°) checked humidity and moisture..daily misted when needed...
placed the tray under 1 fluorescent fixture that was about a foot above the dome
Post by Pharmer Phil on Dec 18, 2015 5:34:32 GMT -6
Pucks..well had them..didn't have soil...Rita I have tried starts in water before and there seems to be (for me anywho) a transition thing from the water to soil going on..but that's been years ago...maybe try again??
Spuds..yeah we have drafty windows too...that's why I thought the domed flat..bottom heat and because the window sill was drafty and cold..I added the light.... maybe the rooting compound was too old, I know Coppice commented once that it didn't have much shelf life, but this that I used had hardly been used, was stored in a cool and dry spot...tightly closed...was less than a year old//(I think)
I think I would plastic the window to prevent drafts ..
hmm maybe a starter mix would work better .. a rooting hormone ? I have had some luck with adding small amounts of soil to the water .. dtb
well I had them by the window because I didn't think they needed a lot of light until they rooted...used a rooting compound that I had ...it was a year old, hardly used...so I mixed it up to kinda stir the contents...
maybe adding small amounts of water to the soil would help... Thanks for your advice everyone...starting to get REAL cold out now...so Imay just have to give up...
In my experience thyme is extremely hard to start. It doesn't even work well for me from seed. No help to you but that's my 2¢.
Thyme is hard to grow from seed..I have had a couple in the past take root from cuttings.. even though my best source of herb facts says:
Growing Thyme from Cuttings is not recommended
It says to do root division on plants that are 3-4 years old....
Laura, who it seems can plant pebbles and get them to grow..has started from seed several thyme starts successfully hdsk
What my favorite herb source says is:
Growing Thyme from Seed - Garden thyme (Thymus vulgaris) can be grown from purchased seed, but starting Thyme from seed is a slow process, sometimes taking more than a full growing season to produce a sizable harvest of thyme that is suitable for drying and storage.
If you choose to grow thyme from seed, you will want thyme seed that is the freshest possible, and that has been properly stored under the very best conditions. To ensure the best quality thyme seed, order your herb seed from the very best online herb seed supplier available. Avoid buying thyme seeds from grocery store seed displays or big-box garden stores.
The thyme seeds should be sown in normal potting soil or compost. Thyme seeds are very small; cover the thyme seeds very lightly with potting soil or compost. Place them in a warm place of at least 60F; keep moist and the thyme seedlings will emerge within a week. As the thyme seedling grow, continue to thin the plants. When the plants are about 4 inches high the seedlings can be moved to their final position in your herb garden.
they do take a long time, but we set the ones Laura started from seed out...they did great...and, with the help of some hay mulch...came back last spring!!