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Hi All,
I'm considering buying a hydroponics kit in order to produce more plants from cuttings. Do any of you have good/bad experiences? I plan to produce plants like Dahlias, Hostas, Heucheras and Lavenders mainly


  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    I knew someone who did very well with cannabis: now a guest of her Majesty. You don't need hydroponics for the plants you name.
  • I know I don't 'need' as such but I've read about greater success rates using hydroponics so I wondered if anybody has noticed a difference in success rates
  • Unless you’re producing on an industrial scale there’s absolutely no need for a hydroponics set up for cuttings. I get a success rate of around 75% with most cuttings.  Probably more with dahlias when I grew them.
    Hostas are propagated by splitting, not by cuttings. 
    Lavender cuttings do best in a dryish gritty medium so I don’t think that hydroponics would be an advantage. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • I already spilt Hostas but did any of you see the guy on GW who was using leaves with a hydro kit, his success seemed phenomenal without having to split the original plant. It was during this years programmes from what I remember. I've decided to take the plunge as I've been offered a cheap kit that somebody no longer needs. I shall feedback next year on success rates 
  • You’ll need a pretty good growing-on set up for those hostas  :)
    Looking forward to hearing how you get on. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,966
    I can't see any advantage with Heucheras either. You pull bits off and stick them in a pot and they just grow.
    I'd agree about the lavender too - they prefer dry conditions, so I'd think it would be a drawback using hydroponics. 

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Try greenhouse sensations I use them they have some good stuff and are in Lancashire 
  • I've just removed the 40 hosta cuttings I put into the hydropod. I can happily announce a 100% rooting rate. Happy days
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,121
    Well done on the Hostas !
    Years ago I worked at a specialist cactus nursery where we used to grow plants from seed using the hydroponic method .
    The greatly reduced risk of soil-borne bacterial/fungal infection was vastly important whilst dealing with some exceptionally rare species .
    Good luck with your hydroponic kit !

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