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Medium_20190225_213416 My 4 day old camelia cuttings leaves suddenly turned brown/half brown in one afternoon. Any ideas?

We had a fairly hot day, but they were kept in a container with a plastic bag over the top in a shady place out of direct sunlight. I trimmed all the leaves off except the top ones, and have been misting the leaves regularly. I'm not sure where I've gone wrong!

Submitted: 12:48PM, 26 Feb 2019
Answer: Hi there,

Thanks for your enquiry. Firstly, apologies for the delay in responding. We have been overwhelmed with a huge number of queries over recent weeks and we’re trying to answer everyone as soon as we can. We appreciate your patience.

It’s great to see you’re taking plant cuttings. Sorry to hear that these ones haven’t fared so well. The likely cause is they succumbed to lack of moisture and the hot day. Even warm temperatures out of direct sun can make it tough for cuttings to survive.

You’ve got the basic principles right – remove most of the leaves (you could even cut the top most leaves in half), keeping the potting mix moist, keeping the cuttings out of the sun and regularly misting the leaves. What might help your success rate is taking more cuttings now, when the weather is milder. What will also help is dipping the ends of the cuttings in a rooting hormone gel like Yates Clonex.

Clonex helps promotes root development in cuttings. It’s still important to keep the cuttings moist and protected.
Wishing you success with your next lot of cuttings!

Kind regards,

Angie

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Answered: 05:10PM, 10 Apr 2019

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