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BronwynHJuly 25, 2013

So I have a couple stalks of something green. They came in a bouquet I was given some months ago and never died. I didn't want to dispose of them even after the flowers had gone since they were still alive. I'm kind of half hoping they might eventually root.

After the flowers were gone I put them in water on the balcony, but the leaves bleached and became much paler (they had been a very dark green when I got them). Once I brought them back in I noticed some of the leaves had patches of sunburn, so I'm guessing they're not from a direct light plant. Also, they don't seem to use much water. I changed the water they were in after the flowers died and the water level has remained the same. That was about a month and a half ago. The water still seems fresh: clear, nothing in or on it and no smell.

Other than remaining pale and having those patches of sunburn the sprigs seem just as healthy today as when I got the bouquet. Leaves are still firm and upright, stems still hard, not dropped leaves. But no rooting.

There are two interesting features on/near the leaves. At the base of each leaf is a small spikey thing that looks like a dead leaf blade. And in the middle of each leaf, at the bottom is a structure that I can only describe as either the largest and strangest shaped stomata I have ever seen, or rootlets.

I will attach a couple photos to aid in the id.

Can anyone tell me what this is? And if so will it root and do I need to do anything special to help it along?

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BronwynH

Close up of a leaf.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2013 at 5:53PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

You may want to ask on name-that-plant forum. Might be some kind of Ruscus.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 7:31AM
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florauk(8/9)

I agree - Ruscus hypophyllum -. commonly used in floristry.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 8:05AM
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florauk(8/9)

I agree - Ruscus hypophyllum -. commonly used in floristry.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 8:06AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

No need to post on NTP. Flora's tha bomb! I knew it wasn't the Ruscus microglossus my Mom has. On that one, the little 'ears' are on the top of the leaves.

Flora, can those stems take root in water?

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 8:12AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

So far everything I;m reading says to divide or sow from collected seeds.

Naturally I was thinking the same thing Purp...You're like a sister to me as we must have been cut from the same compulsive propagating cloth. :)

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 10:45AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Ya! It's definitely not dead.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 10:59AM
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asleep_in_the_garden

....Which lends to the idea that if it's still alive after all this time,maybe it IS possible,..right?

And this thread will be testimony to the success if/when Bronwyn gets the roots she's been waiting for for so long. :)

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 11:05AM
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BronwynH

Thanks all! I now know what I have. I shall keep it in water until it roots or dies, so I'll let everyone know which when it does. Any thoughts on using a rooting solution or adding willow branches to accelerate any possible rooting process?

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 3:06PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

It would be hard to OD on the willow branches, couldn't hurt! Changing the water occasionally can help also, if it's anything but clear and UNscented.

    Bookmark   July 26, 2013 at 5:13PM
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BronwynH

Just thought I'd give an update: the branches are still green and going strong, but have yet to root. As long as they care to stay alive in water I'll let them be.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 9:49PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Cool! The odds of roots forming increase each day it stays green.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 9:39AM
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