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Thread: Root Cuttings - To Cover or Not?

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    Root Cuttings - To Cover or Not?

    So, I recently got an unbelievable number of root cuttings from my D. binata and capensis strains. (The edge of my D. binata dichotma's pot was a continuous coil of roots going down about two inches.) These are vigorous plants so I just gave them a SuperThrive bath and stuck them in pots without giving it much thought. Now I'm reading guides that all say to cover the containers until buds emerge. Do I really need to cover them for humidity? I would certainly make that provision for leaf cuttings but it seems like overkill for roots. Thoughts?
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    I think the main purpose is to keep fungus gnats out. The larvae can munch your plantlets.
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    Interesting... I'll throw some Utric plugs in with them to be on the safe side. Not a lot of fungus gnats at my house though.
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    I regard these two species as "weeds" but when I find a few roots broken off from their plants, I just lay them on top of some fairly moist to wet sphagnum, often with half of them exposed, and within a month, I have a few new plants to give away. - Rich
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    Whether it's necessary with these 2 species is anyone's guess. However, many types of propagation do better in warmer, very humid conditions.
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    I've taken plenty of Binata, Adelae, and Capensis root cuttings. I normally tried to cover the roots with sphagnum peat and leave part of the root exposed, but it turned out the parts I left exposed never budded, but around 15 plants popped up on the 4 inch section that was covered. Just give them about a month and they'll shoot up like crazy!
    I think it will work either way, but I just wanted to share the success I've had when covering root cuttings.
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    you should fear the fungus gant indoor or out. they killed most of my seedlings that i used to grow indoor in my terrarium.
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    This works well:



    And then I put in a container overfilled with water and allow to evaporate while the plants nestle in.

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