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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?

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  • 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 at 9:05
  • Hmm, on the second picture some bumps with green can be seen, are those considered growth buds? – Mihkel Feb 2 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 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 at 18:11
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    Thanks, when something happens I'll post an update! – Mihkel Feb 4 at 12:00

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