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24/09/2007 21:15:57 »
Question for biologists out there...
Trees take ages to grow...but like you can do with plants, you can clone them from cuttings, which gives you a stem and some leaves growing in a pot.
Which trees can you do this with?
And which trees grow best indoors?
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24/09/2007 21:50:30 »
Just a quick, short answer. .
You should be able to do this with any tree, although some are easier than others.
Poplar is fairly easy to grow indoors, and from a cutting, but does like light, so if you have a good window it might be an interesting one to try.
Ficus and orange trees (or lemon) are also good indoor trees and the orange trees have wonderful smelling blossoms.
If you don't have so much light you could try Dracaena it can grow in fairly low light and is fairly easy to grow.
If you have a lot of patience there are Bonsai, although starting one from a cutting might be a challenge.
I have done cuttings with a rubber tree (a type of ficus) and it took a few tries, but eventually worked pretty well. For some plants adding hormones (rooting compound) will make the job much easier.
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25/09/2007 20:41:38 »
IIRC the word "clone" comes from the Greek word meaning cutting (in this sense ie a little plant).
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