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How to Care for Your Newly Delivered Unrooted Cuttings


September 8, 2018
Category: Growing Tips

You’re excited to get your unrooted cuttings delivery. They’re cheaper than plugs, shipping is less per plant, and you get to experience the joy of watching them put their roots in the soil and start to develop.

But unrooted cuttings also seem like a gamble. What if you can’t get them to propagate? What if you do something “wrong” and they all die? They’re less of a sure thing than our rooted starter plants.

It may seem there’s more room for error, but we’re going to guide you through caring for your newly delivered unrooted cuttings like a pro.

Unrooted Delivery

Step 1: Track your package.

As with any plant order, it’s crucial to know when your box of unrooted cuttings is going to be delivered. While you may not know the exact moment they’ll arrive on your doorstep, you at least need to be aware of the day.

These plants may not be established yet, but they still need to be treated like they are alive. Going on vacation or taking the day off should be saved for another time. You need to be there to greet your baby cuttings and have your crew ready to take care of them.

Step 2: Unbox and plant them as soon as possible.

Unrooted cuttings need to be planted as soon as possible, but we understand that you may not be able to get to them all immediately. If you have to put some aside for later (not days later, but just a little later) they may be able to be stored in the refrigerator and pulled out one or two bags at a time, as you can get to them.

Always plant the most perishable cuttings first. If you’re not sure which ones those are, we’ve made a chart for you to reference. And if you still have any doubt, you can always call our office to get expert advice.

Step 3: Use the appropriate care for each type of plant.

Different plants will need different conditions to propagate successfully. To be sure you know how to properly handle each one you’ve ordered, check for instructions on these areas of care.

  • High or low light
  • High, low, or no mist
  • Larger or standard tray size
  • Rooting hormones or no rooting hormones

We have found that some plants do better in larger tray sizes. The larger the leaf, the more space they need while planted in the propagation bed. The more space they have, the less likely they are to develop a fungus.

Most of our plants don’t need rooting hormones, but a few do. Typically, the woodier the stem, the more likely it is to need hormones.

To help take the guesswork out of the process, we’ve created a quick-reference table for our unrooted stock. You can find it here.

As always, you can call us with specific questions. We guarantee your order to be viable upon arrival, and we do our best to support you in getting your plants to thrive in their new environment.