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How to Root Bare Nodes or “Wet Sticks” with Bloom Daddy Plants, Ep 129


The first time I heard about wet stick propagation, I had no idea it even existed! That's why when I got an offer from a listener, Joey (@joey_de_la_plants), for a variegated Monstera ‘Albo' wetstick (and I knew I wanted that plant but I had no idea what “wetstick” meant), I went down a research rabbit hole to know more about the process of rooting it. For the last 5 months, my node has not only rooted, but started growing!. So when I connected with Payton from Bloom Daddy Plants—who actively uses this method all the time to run his shop—I knew we had a super fun episode on our hands. And boy, did we go overboard with the cross-platform collaboration surrounding this episode! Tune in to learn all about node propagation, and join the Philodendron “Pink Princess” Wetstick Giveaway on Instagramfor the chance to win your own Philodendron ‘Pink Princess' wet stick to try this method yourself!!

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In this episode we learn:

  • [03:35] What to expect in this cross-platform episode (and where to find them!)
  • [04:51] How to get your own Philodendron ‘Pink Princess’ wet stick!
  • [07:17] Who is Payton, how his journey as a plant parent began, and how Bloom Daddy came to be
  • [10:05] Should we refer to plants as ‘rare’?
  • [13:00] Breaking the myth surrounding node propagation
  • [14:15] What is a ‘wet stick’? Its many other names and how to identify a node
  • [18:00] Why node propagation is used in nurseries
  • [19:33] 4 things you need for node propagation
  • [20:53] The ideal humidity level for your nodes (and cheaper alternatives for humidity chambers!)
  • [24:37] Where to cut a node from and how to do it
  • [25:50] Where to get the best garlic varieties for your year-round garden
  • [27:14] How to protect your greens and veggies from wildlife
  • [29:08] At what angle should you cut a node?
  • [29:54] When do you put the node in a prop box?
  • [30:43] Why you should let your node callus over
  • [31:02] How to activate your node (and make it happy!)
  • [32:48] Differentiating levels of moisture, and what the best moisture level is for your node
  • [35:23] How much space should you leave between your node and your prop box?
  • [37:17] The ideal light situation for your node prop box
  • [40:06] Transitioning your node after it establishes roots
  • [45:00] Maria shares where her curiosity took her recent peperomia propagation
  • [47:00] How to join the Philodendron ‘Pink Princess’ wet stick giveaway

Mentioned in our conversation:

  • Payton’s YouTube video on different Sphagnum moss moisture levels
  • Philodendron ‘Pink Princess' Wetstick Giveaway happening on the @bloomandgrowradio IG account

Thank you to our episode sponsors:

Territorial Seed Company

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