So, I got a couple of roses, ivy, holly, jasmine, porthos and gardenia plants back in December, but now they all seem to be near-death. I have tried several times to resurrect some of my plants using their stems but no success to date. With half-dry stems, can I still get my plants back? I would appreciate expert help in getting this right this time please.

  • Do you have pictures and do you have an idea why they are near death? No water or too much, insects, frost bite or sunburn, fungal disease, run over by a lawn mower...
    – Stephie
    May 22, 2015 at 8:51
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    What's happened to the roots then, that you're trying to generate new plants from half dead stems? Are the roots compromised? Are they in pots, in the ground? Need much more info please...
    – Bamboo
    May 22, 2015 at 13:18

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I am no expert but what I have used for grape vines is this rooting powder. I took the extra step and shaved the bark from the donor stem about an inch from the bottom before dipping the stem into the powder and then planting. The planted vines started right off and are showing great promise after only a few months.

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