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Bloomstalk Propagation

Bloom Stalk Propagation
by Nancy Robitaille & Alana

This is Chimo, a chimera hybridized by Greta Durand. The pinwheel striped flowers of the chimera cannot be duplicated by propagating from a leaf. In order to get chimera babies there are 3 methods which you can choose from.

  1. Wait for the plant to sucker and then remove the suckers and root them in their own pots - this may take a long time if the plant does not like to produce suckers.

  2. Chop off the top of the plant and wait for suckers to be produced -- of course you may not have the heart to ruin your beautiful chimera even if you will have replacements from the suckers.

  3. Pot up fresh mature bloomstalks which will have a high success rate at producing chimera duplicates.
Chimo is a good candidate for this last method as the bloom stalk or flower stalk produces large leaves (bracts). If the leaves on a bloom stalk are not large, you can remove the flower and buds but leave it on the plant a little longer until the leaves grow larger. If the leaves are very small or the bloom stalk is pale, the chance of success is low. Simply cut the stalk to about 3/4 inch to 1 inch and insert into soil, after removing flowers and buds. Some people use a small amount of rooting hormone on the bottom of the stalk, but it is not necessary.
Insert the bloom stalk (peduncle) cutting in the soil up to the junction of the two leaf stalks (pedicels). Place in a covered container for added humidity.
For those of you who have greater success rooting in water, it is possible to root bloom stalks in water as well. One way is to float a piece of styrofoam on the water that has a hole cut big enough to fit the bottom of the bloom stalk through. You might like to try this as an experiment to see how it works for you.
Now we see a plantlet of Chimo has developed between the bloom stalk leaves. It may take 1 to 3 months to see the new plant forming so be patient.

This method of propagation is also useful for reproducing fantasies as they will have a high rate of blooming true. Some fantasy varieties do not have a high success rate of blooming true to the parent when propagated by the leaf method.
So, don't discard those chimera bloom stalks, they can give you a reliable source of chimera duplicates once you perfect this technique!
Read Nancy's Chimera Article