One of the reasons I like gardening so much, and I believe that other gardeners share the same reason, is to see the result of your work. To see a job finally come to completion. I enjoy the journey and the process too, but it is extremely gratifying when the end of a project comes and something worked really well like a good combination of plants in your pots or bushels full of mouthwatering tomatoes. Here is just a part of the Purple Leaf Plum Propagation process. The process won't be complete until the little trees have their final planting, but it's safe to say that the rooting process has been a success.
Earlier in the week I transplanted nine new purple leaf plum trees. Each of which had roots. Two of the batch didn't have roots but they were alive and well. Sometimes some plants just take a little longer than others. I just put them back into their rooting medium (I've just been using playground sand) and transplanted the nine that did have roots. In this post you can see some of the results.
Above you can see one of the rooted cuttings in full bloom. It looks almost like an orchid in its current state, although it will quickly grow into a small tree.
Here in the three pictures on the right you can see what the goal was: too make roots. Once the plant has these little legs beneath it it can be potted up in soil. The plants will now have an easier time getting water.
Here in this picture you can see the plum leafing out. It's used much of it's reserve energy to make the roots so it's important that it receives good light to help feed itself through it's new leaves.
Here are a few more leaves to look at. You can see the purplish tint to the new leaves. As the leaves grow older the color will darken.
In the pictures above and below you can see the nine purple leaf plums all potted up and prepared for their next stage of development. They aren't ready for the ground yet, but it won't take long! I'll check their progress in a few weeks and see if they have enough roots for planting. Right now there are twelve plants potted up. I gave two plants away and I have another fourteen cuttings to transplant. There's more work ahead!
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Sunday, March 9, 2008
Purple Leaf Plum Propagation
Labels: plant propagation
Dave is the author of Growing The Home Garden and runs a small nursery business growing vegetables and herbs for local customers in Spring Hill, TN. (Blue Shed Gardens or FB page). He has written for gardening publications, Troy-Bilt and Lowe's and is available for edible garden consulting. Dave gardens organically and when he isn't writing, collecting seeds, or propagating plants he's parenting his 4 children as a stay at home dad.