This is educational video to explain how to graft Adenium plants using v-cut techniques.


SUMMER 2004 - 2017

It may require to use a pair of garden scissors or a knife with a narrow blade and any wounds to the parent plant should be treated with some fungicide, bactericide or even rooting hormone will help somewhat.
Dear friends,
Just like any other task, propagating succulents vegetatively in conditions of South Florida is a process that has essential steps that growers have to take to achieve positive results at the end of the day.
I want to bring your attention to a few important moments that will help to make this process go in to the right direction. The right time of the year is one of the crucial points: propagation MUST be done during the growing season. Also, tools that will be used in the process, include knife, garden scissors, serrated blade knife and similar cutting arrangements need to be disinfected or sterilized before and during the process to keep the cuttings and stock plants free from any infection with fungal and bacterial pathogens.  Most species of Succulents, including Cacti will benefit from using rooting hormones that are available in powdered (Rooton) and liquid (KLM) forms. These are applied by dipping the cut end of the plant in to compound or liquid solution immediately, or shortly after the cuttings are taken. All Cacti and most Succulents are required to heal the cut, before planting in the substrate, specially Cacti and  thick stem Succulents may need a couple of  days or even a week or two to completely heal and calluse up before it can be planted. As soon as it visually seems that cut gets hard cuttings are ready for planting.
Braking off rooted offsets and separating parts of plant clusters is the fastest and easiest methods of propagating succulents. Depending upon the species with multiple stems coming from fibrous root systems composed of a wiry thin roots can be cut off from the bottom and most rooted offsets can be removed without disturbing the parent plant. 
On the other hand stock plant should be treated with cold water also, but after it will stop producing white, milky sap, it need to be left alone to dry out. Fresh cut cutting after keeping in rooting hormone should be left alone to dry out and heal, forming a callus before producing any sign of the roots. Last step will be to pot the cuttings in the pot filled with perlite or pumice to properly form a healthy root system.
Another species of Euphorbia family, very attractive and popular form of Euphorbia lacteaE. lactea cv. Gray Ghost forma cristata. Until recently this species was propagated by grafting only. But it is possible to propagate this form by cuttings that will grow on they own roots. To do that use clean, sharp knife to cut separate branches from large plant. Large enough to survive healing period, when cut will callus up, forming a hard callused layer that protects plant from getting any bacteria or fungi. White milky sap should be rinsed with cold clean water before applying rooting hormone. This procedure is applicable to any succulent Euphorbia variety that you may want to propagate. Step by step, it is all similar and should be treated in the same way.  
Now we can take another member of Haworthia family to see how we can propagate. Haworthia reinwardiinot as prolific offsetting variety as some of the Haworthia species, but still one of the easiest to propagate by offsets. 
Euphorbia neriifolia f. monstrosa: this variety is a member of large Euphorbiaceae family and originally came from tropical India. Special care should be taken when working with Euphorbia species to avoid coming in contact with caustic and toxic sap. To cut the branch of this variety i use clean and sharp knife blade that has been sterilized with alcohol  and cut the branch about 4-6 inch long.
​Right after apply spray of clean, cold water on the cut surface for a several times, until it stops producing that white, milky sap. After it stops producing sap, dip in to rooting hormone powder to promote roots growth. 
To start the procedure, select healthy one to start messing around with. We will cut the main stem about half way up. Make sure that all the tools are sterilize in rubbing alcohol, to keep all the germs a side. After that we dip the cut surface in rooting hormone powder and let it lay in the shade for a week or two to heal and place it up right in to tray of pumice or perlite to produce new roots.
Adromiscus cristatus, member of a Crassulaceae family and can be propagated by the leaves. Clip one or more healthy leaves from the stem using clean garden scissors. The entire leaf is needed, since the new platelets will emerge from the base of the leaf and it may takes around a month or two before the platelets will arrive. 
Dust up the cut of the leaf with rooting hormone to speed up the process and allow the leaf to heal for 3-5 days in slightly shaded location. plant them in the shallow tray or pot filled around 1/3 with perlite or pumice to form some root system.  
After that part is accomplished platelets can be removed from the tray and planted in the regular pots. normally it may take around the whole growing season to produce small plants from the leaf of this Adromiscus.

Sincerely yours,
Andrew Troubatchov & Co.