Posted: 02/07/2015 at 12:05
We were bought an acer (Aureum) last year by my mum. She really liked it and wished she'd bought one for herself. Unfortunately, the garden centre never stocked them again (I'm sure she could order one online if she wished). I said I would take cuttings from ours and pass one on once established.
This acer is both really pretty (leaf shape and colours) but also very fast growing (it's been well fed to be fair!). I'm new to propagating, but conscious of time and equipment. Following a few guidelines, I've cut 4 inch new growth sections (they're red when new, before turning green as they grow) just beneath leaf nodes, dipped in rooting hormones then places in a pots (pinching out the soft tips).
I initially placed a clear bag over them and sprayed them twice a day. However, the stems have turned black on all but one (4 cuttings) and wilted beyond repair. I've a feeling the bags were not helping (they crumbled in on top of the cutting) so I've now replaced them with plastic bottles cut in half. This helps me keep an eye on them so I can spray them (usually in the morning and evening a few times).
They're situated on top of a fridge in our tiny back porch (one of those PVC with a thick perspex 'roof'). Not sure if they're getting too much warmth in there (especially over the past few days) and whether I should keep them on the floor rather on top of the fridge? Or am I over thinking this a little? Perhaps the bags were the issue?
Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
I've attached a pic - the open pot makes the plant look more wilted than it actually is, these two are (so far) doing ok since I've used the bottle method.