Q: How long do plant cuttings take to root (strike)?
A: Slower growing plants take longer to develop roots, than faster growing plants. Also, during each specific plants ‘growing season’, due to more activity, the roots will take faster in the cutting. Under optimal conditions it is expected that most plants to develop roots within 2-3 months.
A cutting must have adequate moisture as we have discussed, it also needs light for photosynthesis and it needs protection from elements that will dry it out. Direct sunlight is no good for growing cuttings as it’s too intense and will dry the cutting out (as it has no roots)… So instead make sure that the cuttings receive an adequate amount of filtered light.
Cuttings need to be protected from the elements, they are weak and fragile before they become fully established. For example, too much heat or cold is not good for the cuttings and they must be protected from extreme temperatures.
Bottom line, provide moisture, light and protection you’ll be on the road to propagation success.
TIP: A few old windows and a simple frame and roof can provide an awesome potting shed/green house for cutting propagation.
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Universal Plant Cuttings / Propagating – Nirzy Plant Nursery
Growing in USDA Hardiness Zone 9b SW FL