Recently from my trip to Hawaii I brought back some Ti Leaf (Red Cordyline) cuttings. On the package it says to soak them in water until they develop roots around 5cm long. I have had them in water for about 1 month and I see no sign of roots or growth. The instructions told me to remove the wax coating on each end of the cuttings so I did that with a knife, I didn't damage the cutting itself.

I replace the water around every 2-4 days and the cuttings aren't rotting or anything like that. What should I do?

enter image description here

enter image description here

  • The Royal Horticultural Society (UK) website says "Prepare 5-7.5cm (1-2in) stem-section cuttings from thicker stems that include a bud. Insert the stem cutting horizontally in the compost with the growth bud just visible at the surface." If there were no buds, or they were covered in wax and that damaged them, you may have been sold a couple of bits of dead stalk.
    – alephzero
    Feb 2, 2019 at 9:05
  • Hmm, on the second picture some bumps with green can be seen, are those considered growth buds?
    – Mihkel
    Feb 2, 2019 at 13:22
  • This is what they would look like if they were growing roots. Maybe you should have removed all the wax. youtube.com/watch?v=Z_P0CTzLjps
    – alephzero
    Feb 2, 2019 at 17:50
  • I did removed all the wax, just a few small lumps left on the cuttings. Ill keep them in the water and see if anything happens
    – Mihkel
    Feb 2, 2019 at 18:11
  • 1
    Thanks, when something happens I'll post an update!
    – Mihkel
    Feb 4, 2019 at 12:00


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.