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    In my experience, root cuttings are a little more reliable and faster to mature than leaf cuttings. But leaf cuttings have the benefit of producing greater numbers of plants when successful. I like to use SuperThrive for leaf cuttings, but there are lots of folks who say SuperThrive is snake oil.
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    What's the trick to root cuttings, btw? Just pick a big root (but not the "main" root), cut it, and bury it a bit under the soil? Or do you just cut little gaps in the root without removing it from the main plant?

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    I often check the bottoms of my D. binata and D. capensis pots for root protrusion.

    And as more likely than not, I find a couple inches of roots growing out. I then gently snap off 1" to ½" sections and then plant them horizontally in separate pots of standard CP soil mix under about ¼" of loose soil.

    I figure that the heat from the grow-lights (or sunlight outdoors) causes new growth to quickly burst forth (3-4 weeks) into the waiting environment. It's really quite amazing to behold...

    I've never had luck with leaf pullings however. Fungus or rot always destroyed the leaves before any sprouts appeared.
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    thanks for the answers guys, much appreciated
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    My 2 centavos: use a really clean mix for the cuttings, either sterilized peat sand or more ideally finely milled live sphagnum, and get as much of the petiole base as possible. I've noted a higher sucess rate with pulls vs cuttings. Provide much light and cool temps (a challenge, I know!). Keep 'em wet.

    I like the vial set up Jim! I never have gotten any budding using water. It has to be bad karma.
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    And to think that one of our number likes germinating seeds in water.....

    Getting leaves to sprout hasn't been as much of an issues as getting them from the aquatic environment to terrestrial. That and staying on top of mold!

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