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Q.Need Advice On Protecting/sealing The Wound When Separating \’pups\’ From The Parent Plant, A Clivia.

Zone Cambridge ,Mass., 02138 | wmreimann added on March 10, 2022 | Answered

I’ve been sequestering ‘pups’; the kind produced laterally from mature Clivias and wonder whether there’s something I should put on the exposed surfaces of the cut, both on the ‘parent’ plant and the ‘pup’ to seal them against infection/rot and perhaps help needed new roots to develop. Most made it to healthy independent growth, as I added rooting powder to both surfaces. Should I dry the surfaces? Is there an agent which can promote healing/drying agent/closure? I’ve thought of trying sawdust, powdered loam, flour, dry sand, etc. Don’t want to do anything that will damage the plant at the site od separation. WR

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Answered on March 11, 2022

I wouldn't add anything! If you do notice signs of trouble, then add wettable sulfur powder to the wounds, but they should heal on their own. Just make sure not to disturb them often.


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