Sounds like a great project

by Jeannie
(SoCal)

Hi, what a great idea this is! I think that I am going to do this with my class since we still have some months left before winter. I know they are going to love it! We have an area of school property that is a little blighted and this would be a great way to spruce it up. One question I have however, how long did it take for your gardenia cuttings to get enough root to plant? Thanks!



Jeannie,
I'm glad you enjoyed it! I left my cuttings in the moist sand and covered with a plastic bag for nearly four weeks. The majority of the cuttings had excellent growth but there were a few that did not have a good root system. I put those back in the sand and soaked it again.
It takes just a little bit of care when you are first digging them up from the sand but you will get a feel for it right off. I used a big kitchen spoon to get underneath them and support the roots while I got the cuttings out of the sand. It may look like a blob of sand until you rinse the sand off, but then you will see the root ball. Plant as soon as possible to help reduce transplant stress. Once you have them transplanted you can feed them some organic fertilizer.
Hope you all have fun with this!

Best regards,
Greg

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