Propagating Dorstenia gypsophila with cutting technique works most effectively, because it is very easy. Plus, the offspring produces more flowers and seeds from its new root system, but will not have a caudex. Generally, Dorstenia gypsophila does not have a large caudex anyway. Dorstenia gypsophila from its natural habitat or an aged one is not very productive, possibly because nutrients cannot reach its top shoots.
Dorstenia gypsophila Stem Cuttings:
Ensure that the plant is not in bloom or its flowers have withered. If it received any rain prior, allow at least 5-7 days before cutting, or the stem will rapidly dry and cause problems.
Choose a stiff stem with coarse barks. Its green color should not be too light nor too dark. Cut the stem of about 3 inches long.
Be sure to use a clean and very sharp razor blade to make the cutting.
Once cut, the resin oozing out of the plant can be left as is, for it will cover the opening naturally when it dries. Red lime can be used instead if needed.
Prune the leaves off the cut stem, except for the fresh ones at the tip. Naturally, all leaves will fall once the stem goes into the pot. Leaving them on may even bring fungal disease later.
Wipe the resin oozing out of the cut stem opening, and dip the opening into rooting hormone. Leave it to dry for about 1-2 days.
Before potting, bring the stem opening to dip into rooting hormone once more.
Prepare a pot of corresponding size with the stem. The growing media uses our peat formula #Mixtureforsucculents. It should be prepared a few days prior to potting. Make a hole into the media and push the stem in deep enough for it not to topple easily. Press the media around the stem to make it stand firmly. At this point, no need for water sprinkle.
When the pot looks about 80% dry, use water sprinkler from above. This helps the media to be denser.
Whether the plant came from natural habitat or not, the cut stems take 3-5 weeks to recover and grow. If the pot feels light or its surface looks dry, it is time to water it with the sprinkler. Watering also helps thickening the media and supporting the stem to stand. This is its most fragile time and time is all it takes. All leaves will fall off and new ones will shoot indicating that new roots have grown.
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