1. Leaf cuttings: The entire leaf, including the basal portion, is removed. Older, more mature leaves produce the best results. (Photo 2-4) The leaf cuttings are placed on damp medium such as sphagnum peat moss or preferably sphagnum moss (living or dead) and kept in bright light with a photoperiod of about 14 hours and at a temperature of about 80°F (26.7°C). An alternative method is to insert the cuttings into medium for about V2 their length.
A convenient method of providing an ideal environment is to place the soil and cuttings in a plastic bag in which a stake or piece of glass tubing has been placed in the medium to prevent the collapse of the bag. The bag is twisted shut and secured to the top of the stake or glass rod. (Fig. 9-1)
Buds that look like little bumps appear within two months and plants will develop from the buds. The number of plants produced from each leaf varies from one to as many as 30. When plantlets have developed substantial root systems they can be transplanted and kept under regular growing conditions.
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