Rooting Marginata Tricolor in Water - When do I attempt to plant?

crystal.leeApril 19, 2014

The top of the Marginata Tricolor at my work snapped off about 3 weeks ago. I brought it home, stripped the leaves from the bottom of the stalk, and placed it in a shot glass of water hoping it would root. And it has quite nicely so far! I have never had this type of plant before, nor have i ever tried to root a plant and am a little lost as to what the next steps should be. Frankly, I'm a little lost when it comes to all of my plants but i'm learning! Haha. After about 2 week in the water (no rooting hormone), it began to grow little knobby roots. Two days ago, I noticed that one of the roots had grown out, looking like a little claw. Now in just 2 days time, the root has grown about half an inch and another thick root is beginning to emerge out of the other side. I have tried to do some research online on when and how to plant but all i can come up with is "when there is a reasonable amount of roots". What is a reasonable amount? And what is the best way to go about planting the rooting top? I appreciate all of your help and advice in advance.

This post was edited by crystal.lee on Sat, Apr 19, 14 at 15:05

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Here is what the root looked like only 2 days ago!

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 3:01PM
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zzackey(8b GA)

I'd wait another week and then plant it in soil in 4" Pot.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 3:18PM
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grrr4200(z3 MI)

I'd get it in there as quick as possible. Plants that make roots in water are used to pulling nutrients from water. Plants that are rooted in soil have the proper ability to draw nutrients from the soil. Something i learned from Al. Most roots that are grown in water may die or not absorb any nutrients from soil. I would put it in dirt right away. Mist the leaves and keep it out of direct light. once new growth is coming along nicely its usually a sign that the roots are growing very good. I'd probably use a 3 or 4 inch pot for this guy. Goodluck!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2014 at 12:40AM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

What pls. is a Marginata tricolor? Aren't we missing the first name of the plant (its species maybe) like Crassula or Dracena?

Otherwise how do I know what plant is being discussed. Am GUESSING a Dracena from the pic (tho' I could be way off).

    Bookmark   April 24, 2014 at 6:24PM
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grrr4200(z3 MI)

looks like Draceana Marginata Tricolor to me...

    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 1:46AM
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Just put the cutting in soil right away, it will work out nicely. Just keep the soil moist, but not soaking wet, and keep it out of the sunniest window. Good luck! ;)

    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 4:22PM
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That's so cool! I'm happy for you. I've never had any look rooting those at all, never mind in water.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 8:49PM
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