The Egg Rooting Method
Rooting Plumeria Cuttings Using The Egg Method
First of all remember cuttings always root better in the spring !!
This is a method that has been widely used in the USA for many years and even though it sounds strange it does work with amazing results and seem to speed up the rooting process dramatically.
First of all ensure that your cutting has had time to callous over at the bottom. If it a freshly cut cutting leave it to dry for around 7 days. If it is one bought from us it will already be calloused over.
Fill the bottom of your chosen pot with a good well draining compost such as 50/50 cactus compost and perlite or as we have been using Coir.
Then this is the strange part, place a whole hens egg still in the shell on top of the compost followed by another inch of your mix.
Then place in your cutting that has been dipped in Clonex rooting gel.
Then fill the pot up with your chosen compost mix.
Then your pot must be kept as warm as possible and given a spray with water every couple of days to increase the humidity.
Bottom heat is an important factor in this method and a propogator base or heat mat is ideal.
Cuttings using this method have been known to root in as little as 3 weeks and not only is this a faster method but it also produces a lot more roots.
The theory behind this method is that an anaerobic decomposistion takes place and the escaping gases from the egg nourish the cutting and help speed up the rooting process.
And yes an egg does have holes for gases to escape in fact there is an average of 700 tiny little holes in a hens egg shell.
Try it as it does work !!!
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