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  • Moving cuttings outside that are in clear cups and not alot of roots?

    I have several cuttings that have decent roots and leaves in clear cups, should I leave them where they are or place them in black pots to protect the roots and move them outside to my shade tent?
    Zone 6b, downtown Ky.
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    Bless you folks! Jeff

  • #2
    I would protect those roots from the sun that’s what members taught me

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    • #3
      Where are your cuttings now, inside? If so keep them in full shade outside. And yes cover those roots up. Black is not optimal, I would use normal solo cups.
      figs, peaches, apples, nectarines, pomegranates, cherry, pistachio, and pear tree grower 😄

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      • Rikerz
        Rikerz commented
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        Inside right now but running out of room for them soon. They are in larger than solo cups, so I figured just drop them in a regular 1 gallon pot until they are ready to repot. My question really is, will they be better off outside getting some shaded sun rather than under lights inside (fluorescent)??

    • #4
      In my experience the roots want to grow in a dark place. I'd put those clear cups in some colored cups (protect from light) if you are moving them outside
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      • #5
        When I've had plants that were doing well enough to be in sun a little but not ready to up-pot I've simply sat the clear container in the 1-gallon pot that would be its future home to block light from the roots. I paint my 1-gallon pots white or a similar light color so they don't absorb heat.

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        • Rikerz
          Rikerz commented
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          Did that help to speed up the growth or hinder it?

        • arachyd
          arachyd commented
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          It seemed to help the plants a bit to have a little real sun instead of lights. I was more concerned with getting back some space indoors.

      • #6
        Put them outside in full shade. Cover the cup with aluminum foil to shield roots from sun.
        Did you enter your data in the Fig ripening Calculator?: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...zD4/edit#gid=0

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        • Rikerz
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          And how long does you folks think they would need to stay in full shade before I introduce them to a little full sun a little at a time?

        • ramv
          ramv commented
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          Depends on how well they are rooted. If well rooted, they can get into the Sun in about 1-2 weeks. If not, I would wait until well rooted.

        • Rikerz
          Rikerz commented
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          All the plants outside are well rooted, I have decided to wait on the others to get better rooter before I send them to the shade. The ones in the shade are looking pretty good.
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