by johnah on November 12, 2020
Artillery Plant Info: Tips For Growing Artillery Plants
What Is An Artillery Plant?
An artillery plant is a type of succulent plant with long stems, which are used for making paper or other products. There are many types of artillery plants such as the trumpet vine, trumpet vine lily, and others. They have been cultivated since ancient times and they were first described in the scientific literature during the 19th century.
The term “artillery” comes from the old English word “artiklans,” meaning a catapult. The name was given because these plants produce shoots called arborvitae (from the Greek words arbustos, meaning “to shoot”), which resemble small cannon shells.
These shoots grow along with the main stem of the plant and may reach up to several feet in length.
How Do You Grow Artillery Plants?
There are two ways to grow artillery plants. One way is through cuttings, where the shoots are taken out of the parent plant and grown into new shoots. Another method is through root division, where the roots of one plant are removed and planted in soil containing the roots of another plant. Both methods require specialized equipment to perform.
When the shoots are separated from the parent plant, they are typically placed in water to prevent them from drying out. The most common types of arborvitae are sago palm, turkey tail, and corn plant.
They may have to be transferred to rooting hormones before they can be put in soil for new shoots to form.
How Can You Take Cuttings?
Arborvitae cuttings can be taken at any time of the year. It is best to choose a time when the parent plant is growing healthily and the weather is slightly warmer.
Cut off a healthy shoot by making a clean cut close to the main stem. Make sure that the bottom of the cutting does not have any flower buds or buds of any kind.
The next step is to remove the leaves from the bottom one-third of the cutting. It’s best to peel the entire leaf off the cutting unless it is small enough that you can tear it.
Be sure to remove any excess sap.
Finally, place the bottom portion of the cutting into water until you’re ready to plant it. If you are careful, the cutting should root in water and you can plant it directly into soil later on.
However, most cuttings will grow better if they are first transferred to rooting hormones before being put into soil.
What Are Rooting Hormones?
You can buy specialized rooting hormones at most garden supply stores. If you cannot find them in the store, search for a website that sells them online. There are many types of rooting hormones available. Most of them come as powders or liquids, but there are some that come in other forms as well.
The instructions that come with the hormones will explain how to use them. In most cases, the hormones need to be mixed with water before they can be applied to the cuttings.
How Do You Put The Cuttings In Soil?
Once you have the cuttings prepared, it’s time to transfer them into soil. There are many types of soil that can be used, but most people prefer a light soil mixture rather than one that is heavy and clay-like. It’s best to buy a prepared soil mixture, or you can make your own by mixing one part soil with one part sand and one part peat moss.
The container that you choose should have several small holes at the bottom to allow excess water to drain out. It is also important that the container has several small holes on the sides as well to allow oxygen in.
Even though the roots will grow downward, they will still need oxygen.
Begin by filling the container up with prepared soil mixture until it is roughly two-thirds full. Lay the cuttings horizontally along the surface of the soil.
The cuttings should be close enough to each other that they are touching, but not so close that they are overlapping.
Once you have placed all of the cuttings, fill in around them with more soil mixture. Finally, water the soil until it is completely wet.
The soil should remain damp, but not soaking wet. You can water it again whenever you start to see the soil starting to dry out.
How Can You Tell If The Cuttings Have Rooted?
In most cases, you can tell if the cuttings have rooted after about two weeks. However, some types of arborvitae will take longer than others. If you still aren’t sure, there are a few simple ways that you can tell if the cuttings have successfully rooted or not.
First, shake the container very gently. The rooted cuttings will not move at all when you do this.
Rooted cuttings will also have a woody stem that gets stiff when you push on it.
If these methods don’t work, you can also remove one of the cuttings and gently pull on it.
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