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Old 08-03-2011, 04:04 PM
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I wasn't really worried about him nibbling so much so as rocking the plate. I noticed he'll bump it just enough for water to get on the top, which isn't good for the leaves.

Oh and there's only the one goldfish, so I don't think babies are happening
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Old 08-05-2011, 07:56 PM
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8/5- Dead, it reached the waterfall & flipped over
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Old 08-05-2011, 07:59 PM
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How about setting a cutting directly in that waterfall box.?
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Old 08-05-2011, 09:35 PM
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I can do that, I'll get it cut tomorrow morning
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Old 08-06-2011, 06:26 AM
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Lol .. such is the way of experimentation - suicide cuttings!
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Old 12-21-2012, 11:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Xeolyte View Post:
For some plants, especially cuttings that are more than a foot tall and thick, using a bubbler to root cuttings is a good way to go.

A bubbler is a container of water and an aquarium air pump with tubing and air stone. Once you have the air pump outfitted with tube and air stone all you need to do is fill up whatever container you'll be using with water, drop the tube with air stone attached and plug in the pump. That's all there is too it.

What this does is put a lot of oxygen in the water and keeps it from going stagnant.

Bubblers work exceptionally well on soft/greenwood cuttings like Brugmansia and seems to hasten the rooting process considerably compared to rooting in potting mix or vermiculite. The blue objects in the containers are the air stones.




This picture shows pre-roots on a brugmansia cutting that had been in the bubbler only 4 days and you can see on the right that a true root is just beginning to emerge.



And here is a larger version of the bubbler using a trash can with 3 foot tall brugmansia cuttings.



These are very inexpensive to set up and I think well worth the effort. I leave mine on constantly until I get the desired results. For more stubborn plants that are taking longer to show signs of rooting, changing the water at least once a week is advised.
I have tried the bubblier and my cutting rot! What am I doing wrong?
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Old 12-22-2012, 07:13 AM
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Hard to tell without more information. Do you have a picture of your set up? Where is it? In direct sun, shade?
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:18 PM
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It was in the kitchen on the counter top, next to the window. So mostly shade. No picture. They rotted so I through the out and took it down.
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:40 PM
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What were you trying to root?
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Old 12-22-2012, 10:09 PM
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Brugmansia... like in the picture! I used purple wide mouth plastic containers. I had a standard air pump with a air stone on the tip.

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Old 12-23-2012, 06:52 AM
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I really don't know why it didn't work for you - always works for me.
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:29 AM
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Thank you for a wonderful idea, Xeolyte! My root cuttings are at a 50/50 rate...if this speeds it up and helps them survive...I'm all for it!
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:41 AM
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In mulling it over in my mind, it occurs to me that all my bubblers get sun. I think that might be Rhapsody's problem.
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:37 PM
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So maybe put it outside on a patio table? How much sun? I thought you weren't to put cuttings in full sun. I see you have glass and plastic. Does one do better then the other? How often did you change the water? How warms does it have to be outside? Did you use tap water? How much beer do I have to drink to get it right?

Thanks bunches

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Old 12-24-2012, 06:45 AM
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Lol, I keep my bubbler in the greenhouse .. it gets direct filtered sun (roof panels are deliberately dirty) and I change the water when it starts to look bad .. about once a week or so? The temperature of the water should be at least in the 60's or better .. any colder and I think it would inhibit root formation. And I do use chlorinated tap water. I haven't tried rooting anything in Winter.
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