propagating Eucomis by leaf cuttings

Brian Whyer
Thu, 18 Oct 2007 02:45:50 PDT
My single bulb of Eucomis 'Sparkling Burgundy' suffered somewhat from one of
our many summer storms this year, and some leaves were badly bent or
partially detached. Rather than throw the unrecoverable leaves away I
chopped them up into 2" sections and pushed them into a seed tray of 1:1:1
peat:///perlite:sharp/ sand. I only used the more rigid sections, not the soft
last 6" or so. No special treatment was given, no rooting hormone, just
watered with rain water and left on the floor of a shaded greenhouse. About
half rotted and the rest (8?) eventually rooted, after maybe 6 weeks or so.
I cut them "arrow head" shape to know which way was up, i.e. straight across
the top, V angled bottom. I potted them singly only a few days ago, and
photographed them for reference. If you want a photo(s) or someone has the
time to put it on the wiki for me I will forward a couple.

Brian Whyer, Buckinghamshire, England
First ground frosts on winter testing out our defences.

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> Has anyone had experience propagating Eucomis species from leaf  cuttings?
> I received the following directions to do this in spring during the
> active growth: Remove a clean, healthy leaf and cut in 2 or 3 horizontal
> sections, but do not use the tip. Insert each cutting into regular potting
> mixed with perlite (no hormones). The directions said to tent it with
> and wait several weeks for rooting to occur. (Another person said just to
>  the soil moistened and keep the cuttings out of direct sunlight).
> Are these instructions correct for Eucomis and do you have any  other
> to give on this?
> Thank you for your help.
>     Best regards, Diana Fish, Carmel-by-the-Sea, USDA  Zone 9 where it is
> sprinkling right now
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