Re: [CH] Cuttings from chile plants

Brent Thompson (
Thu, 07 May 1998 07:58:34 -0700

> > Cut off a longer piece of stem than you want to end up with. With a =
> > 
>     To accomplish this, would it work to take an even longer cutting and =
> then immediately re-cut the end in water? I have trouble getting my mind =

Yes, this is what he meant.

> > Warning: Some Capsicums do not seem to have sufficiently forceful roots =
> > to penetrate some kinds of peat pots.
>     Could you relate what varieties seemed to give you the most problems =
> / least problems in using this cutting and rooting method?

I have no idea, but I wouldn't be surprised if it were mostly a property of
individual specimens, rather than entire cultivars.

> And, do the =
> plants, once rooted, behave as if they are as old as the "mother" plant, =
> that is to say, will they flower and bear fruit quickly?

They do not act as old as the mother plant, but they do usually flower and
bear quite quickly.  (But of course, chile seedlings under good conditions
can begin flowering as early as 2-3 weeks after sprouting -- and that
clearly is impossible to beat with cuttings that are going to take 2-4
weeks at the outset just to begin forming roots at all.  So, I think
cuttings are not generally preferable for speed of fruit production, but
rather to save/clone individual specimens which are particularly desirable
for one reason or another.)

 ---   Brent