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i have heard of it carper, but not used it. As I remember, you get the vit C powder and and you can either dilute in water, and dip, or dip straight in the powder.
Think I'd prefer the dilute method as most vit c supplements out there are very strong.
But why Vit c? Use rooting powder. !
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I'm with Mike and verdun. I use rooting powder or rooting gel when necessary.
Vitamin C powder is more expensive and harder to get, since most chemists keep it under the counter because drug addicts use Vit C powder or citric acid to mix with the heroin. It then ruins the veins.
I saw the same programme,Mike. A lot of people on this forum commented that a flat tined fork is not a pitchfork. There were quite a few errors in that series, including moving Ashbourne to Yorkshire.
That is what you get with Tel-LIE-vision.
If anyone's going to try this out, please do it properly and share the results with us.
You'll need a large sample size, so lots of cuttings taken from a single, large bush or lots from each of several large bushes.
You'll need to minimise variation in your sample, so take the cuttings at a standard length, take them all at the same time of day in the same weather at the same time of year and treat them all the same way, putting them all in the same compost in the same size pot in the same number of second after cutting and watering each with a standard amount of water.
If you're dipping in vitamin C solution or rooting hormone solution, dip the control group of cuttings in water the same way.
Look after them all the same way. This pretty much means filling the greenhouse with them in a chequer-board pattern so no group of cuttings accidentally gets a better part of the greenhouse.
Have a standard way of scoring "success" and stick to it. If you're taking 8" cuttings and putting them 4" deep in compost filled to the rims of the pots, having them grow to 5" above the pot rim may be a good criterion.
You'll need to gather data on how many cuttings have succeeded maybe every three days for quite a while to allow comparisons of the speed with which they took as well as the survival rate.
Finally, use something like a Chi-squared test to give us a probability that whatever variation was recorded was just random variation.
Sounds like you're going to be busy, Charlie. Well volunteered.
i heard the program about using vit C i was a little bemused. However i tend to use liquid seaweed from the start
. i mix a cupful with a gallon of water, i do not recommend that it is mixed a left standing for days,
for seed plant i soak my seeds in a plant saucer for 12 hours then plant the seeds in the usual way, then spray the surface of the seed trays than one a week i continually feed them with a a solution 1 cap to 1 gallon of water and carry on doing so.
the results are fantastic healthy plants, if you continue spraying the solution throughout the growing season you will get bigger healthier plants, My basket tomatoes are fantastic this year.
Not recommended for house plants, but use all round the garden as a drench or foliage spray just follow the instructions on the bottle.
Happy Gardening Folks
Some years ago someone once wrote in a pelargonium magazine that it was beneficial to use a solution of vitamin C for cuttings, so we tried it and had to agree it helped, so we have been using it ever since. We put about half a teaspoonful of powder in a couple of eggcupfuls of cold water and stir it with anything that is non-metallic (usually a plant label) and it is stored in a dark bottle. Tablets would do just as well as powder – and what you don’t use for your geranium cuttings can be made into a drink – so it will do you both good! We never use hormone-rooting powders or liquid, as this makes the ends go soft and they are more likely to rot than root.
Do not get distraught if a few do not make it – one hundred per cent success is a very high standard to try to achieve! The important thing is to enjoy what you are doing, and we think you will always feel a sense of achievement when you manage to increase your stock of a plant. We always do! Copied from ' The Vernon Geranium Nursery ' site
The man with the vision gets the mission, CN