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How long do purchased roots take to "sprout"?

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by CanadianLori, Jun 6, 2021.

  1. CanadianLori

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    I bought some roots for the first time. and from a reputable nursery and I followed the instructions for planting them. So far, I am seeing nothing surface. It's been 2 weeks.

    One is a sedum [​IMG]

    the other two are geraniums [​IMG]

    Now I'm thinking I should have stuck with buying plants.

    Can anyone please share their experience with roots so I can decide whether to do this again or??

    many thanks
    Lori
     
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    You mean that you were sold root cuttings.
    No green top growth at all?
     
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      Yes, @pete just these root cuttings. I'd heard so many people here mentioning getting roots and thought that this would be fun to try but now I'm thinking I threw my money down the drain.:doh:
       
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      Well not heard of it myself.

      It can work with some plants, and maybe it can with the ones you bought, how deep did you bury them.
      Some root cuttings you plant vertically, but you need to know which end is the top.:smile:

      Others you just lay horizontally just under the surface.
       
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      One looked a bit like a carrot at the end so I plant it straight up and down and just far enough in to cover it with dirt. The others were thin things and I laid them along a shallow trench and covered them.

      All have been watered regularly.

      I think I was silly to order them. I've just written the seller asking how long, etc.

      I'll let you know what their response is. Thanks for trying to help :)
       
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        Good afternoon @CanadianLori my friend I always get my hardy geraniums bare root I usually pot them up in my greenhouse and grow them on they usually take 3/4 weeks:smile:
         
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          Geranium should be very easy from a root cutting, I got my stock like that from eBay and regularly propagate it just by pulling up some underground rhizome and potting it in bits. It grows horizontally but planting it vertically shouldn't be much of a problem if the root is viable.

          The Sedum looks very nice indeed, hopefully it will take. :dbgrtmb: Do you know what variety it is? Sedums don't like to be overly wet so overwatering could harm the root.

          It might be a good idea to have a gentle peak in the soil to see if anything is going on. If not, the roots are very likely goners- I would expect some root growth or bud swelling in two weeks. Once the root gets going, leaves should follow quickly.

          Many of my plants are from semi-dried roots and rhizomes simply because Wilko's often sell them very cheaply. Echinops Ritro were very vigorous and I think also my Astilbes are of Wilko root-in-a-bag origin. Hostas were easy too, and 70% off on top of the "any 3 for £5" :biggrin:
           
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            I didn't know you could buy root cuttings. Over here the nurseries sell bare rooted plants, they are whole plants dug out of the ground with no soil. They are much cheaper than potted plants and are ok for soft fruit that are supplied during the dormant stage.

            I guess root cuttings are a gamble, I have taken some myself and it works with some plants but I get a low rate of success.
             
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              Thank you everyone. I'll have a gentle peek maybe. It has only been 2 weeks so :fingers crossed: :)
               
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              • pete

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                Lori, have you planted then directly in the ground or potted them up.
                 
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                  I bought root cuttings with a snippet of a growth of Clivia ... and due to neglect on my part they did not survive. They should have but T'other Half was looking after them for me. :frown: So I am as bad with them as I am with seeds. :rolleyespink:
                   
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                    From the mailbox (it was packed in some coir or something like that) then directly outside and in the ground. Watered and kept moist.
                     
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                      Ok, think I would have potted them up so as to keep an eye on them.
                       
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                        I believe I see a couple of shoots from the sedum after gently moving a little soil.:yes: The seller just called it, "Atlantis Sedum". Let me go out front now... nope, I'm beginning to wonder if something dug it out and ? I just sorta dusted the surface of the area so hopefully a little more waiting will get me some success.
                         
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                          If you can get it going it looks a very nice Sedum.
                           
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