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    It has been bagged and sphagged for more than 2 or three weeks, and I'm not getting any new roots, but the smallest sheath is beginning to grow. I'm assuming I'm doing this correctly, or maybe not because there aren't any new roots? The small stub that is under the new sheath is getting a little longer, but only buy like 1/2 of a centimeter.

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    By 'smallest sheath" do you mean it's getting a new growth from one of the "eyes" on the rhizome? If that's what's going on, roots will start to form at its base when it matures a little bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lja
    By 'smallest sheath" do you mean it's getting a new growth from one of the "eyes" on the rhizome? If that's what's going on, roots will start to form at its base when it matures a little bit.
    Well, yes, I suppose. The little growth was there when I first got it. It's only about a 3-4" plant. It is the only growth with a root that's new and "fresh". Did that make sense?

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    At the base of that newest growth is where the roots are going to appear. You can use rooting hormone (available at any garden supply place) to try and help "speed up" the process...

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    How should I apply it?

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    Give this a try: mix up 3/4 of a cup of sugar, and about 1/3 tsp of rooting hormone (RootTone, Superthrive, any brand will work) in a gallon of water, then soak the plant in that for a few hours. Put it back in the bag and seal it up. Try not to let the plant come into contact with the wet sphag in there--that might cause rot. The sphag is only in the bag to provide a "super-humid" environment so the plant can take up moisture while it's developing new roots. That's the safest way.

    Alternatively, you can soak a long piece of sphag in the rooting hormone solution (mixed with water according to directions), wring it out so it's just damp, and wrap the rhyzome with it before you put the plant back in the bag. But be careful with this method--while some people have had really good results, others have just rotted their plant away because the sphagnum around the plant was too wet.

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    So, ok, wait a minute. I just stick the plant in a bag? No pot or anything? Should it be vertical? I mean, I'm trying to visualize this so I do it right and not screw up my plant. Sorry if i'm being so inquisitive and annoying. I just want to do this right. Would s/h work?

    Also, Louis thank you for your input.

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    You know, I'd love to see a sphag and bag demo, like what you (I think) did to show folks how semi-hydro works, with pics and all - hint hint :-)

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    Cattlover, yes: you just stick the plant in a plastic bag and seal it up with a handful of wet sphag. No pot, no bark mix. Before you do that, prune away any rotted roots and old medium. Then you put the bag somewhere where it can get low-medium light for a few weeks, but absolutely no direct sun (or the thing will parboil in its bag...). If you can keep it vertical, great. If not, no biggee--lay it on its side.

    John, When I get some time (maybe this Sunday) I'll do a pictorial thing like the S/H one.

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    Louis, thanks so much! :*

    You are the first person to clarify that for me!

    MJ

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