Batting A 1000%
by Don Pettinger
in So, Cal
After seeing and reading a great deal about tree collards I bought cuttings from Bountiful Gardens. I am happy to report that all three cuttings rooted and are growing just fine... We have them in pots in the garage under a grow light and will be putting them in the ground this March. Each one of the plants looks strong and is a beautiful deep purple. We can't wait to see them take off and start eating them this summer and for the months to come after that. Thanks for the healthy cuttings. Don P. Sasquatch Farm
Oh boy! I have Tree Collards!
I made a review on 07/09/2016 stating that I was ready to try a second time. My first cuttings didn't take so I wasn't taking any chances the second time around. I gave those bad boys a helping of rooting hormone before planting and had a beautiful set of roots not long after. I have even rooted 6 more cuttings from the original plants since purchase. With 9 plants total now it was more than worth the buy. The plants are very beautiful and very productive with proper care. If straight planting doesn't work your first time I recommend trying hormone. Thank you for my Tree Collards Bountiful Gardens! Great product!
in Coastal Texas
I put the three cuttings in used potting soil and kept them in the house. I kept them damp and by a window where the received filtered light. All three sprouted keaves. After a month I put them outside in the shade. After another month I planted them in my sandy, salty garden with afternoon shade. All three are looking great! They had a few problems with little green worms, but diatomaceous earth took care if that. So far, so good. This is a hot, dry, windy, salty area and they look great!
by GOLDEN TRADEWELL
This is my second order. The first 3 plants did not work. I had ordered them in the Fall thinking that they would do well. The second time I ordered was in early spring. One plant has survived....even in this brutal heat that we have in SWLA. I do have it in shade and will probably place it in a permanent place in the Fall.
Rooted in 1 week :)
by Roger Forbes
in Dania Beach, FL
Instructions that came with the tree collard cuttings said I'd have roots in 2 months. I did it a different way and had leaves and roots in 1 week. Made cuts below the lowest node, dipped in clonex rooting hormone gel, planted them in clear plastic cups (so I could see the roots) with my favorite organic potting mix, placed them in a propagation tray with a dome and a heat mat set to 77 degrees, and 24 hour fluorescent grow bulbs. Watered with rain water from my rain harvesting system. I live in zone 10 so excited to grow these all year.
I ordered Tree Collard back in 2013 and all my cuttings grew. I have continued propagating from my original order. Thank you, Bountiful Gardens!
Better Luck Next Time
I tried to start these indoors under very good grow lights. Followed all instructions. All three died. I am trying again and hope to have success this time. I understand that rooting cuttings comes with its ups and downs and sometimes the cuttings just don't take. I find tree collards to be especially difficult compared to other things I have rooted.
All 3 Died
by Andy Renner
I put them in a mixture of Vermiculite, Coco Coir, light Organic fertilizer mix, Worm Castings, and humus. Let's just say I spent some money on this soil and watered regularly to keep the coco damp, but never overly wet. Kept under indoor lights with a lot of other successfully growing plants, so the environment was ideal at the right temps, humidity and light cycle. I even pumped in CO2 and dipped into a rooting hormone prior to planting, plus added mycorrhiza to the root zone. What went wrong? All 3 died and I am very bummed.
One of my favorite greens!
I've had mine for a few years now. Originally, two out of the three cuttings survived. Which is fine, since the remaining two plants are giant! I staked them originally. Now they have a big wooden frame I built around them. I blend 3 or 4 leaves with fruit for a green smoothie. I use baby leaves in salads. Keep saying I'll try cooking them, but they've been delicious raw. I love that they're perennial (and that you offer them for sale).
by Raymond Smith
in Gold Beach OR
I got my three cuttings on 2-10-2016 and I planed each in very different ways. Fist one outside in a half whisky barrel filled with 1/2 hoers manure and 1/2 compost. I was not planing on plating anything here at this time, it was still to hot. But this cutting was much larger than i had planed for. It Stormed the fist week it was out, cool and heavy hail. I thought I may as well haved throw it in the compost pit but it's doing great. It has very dark purple leafs.
2nd cutting I paced in a small pot with a potting mix in a west facing widow. This one had leafs the next day and now has many light green leafs.
3rd cutting I placed in a small pot with potting mix in a north facing bay widow. This cutting "as the others" is doing very well and has many dark green leafs.
I plan on trans planting 2nd & 3rd cutting in to my spaces at the community garden. The first cutting will stay in the half whisky barrel but will be sharing its home with a fig tree soon.
by George Ortego
I ordered two sets of cuttings, they arrived midweek but I was unable to work with them until the weekend. I left them in the original packing for a few days. Saturday morning, I unwrapped the cuttings and set them in a cup of water to re-hydrate for a few hours, while I got some good potting soil. That evening when the heat of the sun was fading, I filled up six one gallon pots with the potting soil. As I would insert half the length of the cutting in a pot I would trim of a small piece exposing fresh cutting and dip it in some rooting compound. I am not sure this last step was necessary, but this is what I did. I kept the plants and soil moist, then, after a few days, leaves started sprouting out of the nodes on the cuttings Not only did the cuttings survived shipment, but they are thriving. Once they are stronger I will move them to a permanent home. I was very impressed.
Not That easy
I ordered these last spring. In the beginning they did fine but then slowly went south and eventually died. I babied these cuttings to no avail. I had 3 so was hoping to get at least 1 to take. They were planted in good soil, compost, worm castings, rock dust, mixed with peat moss. I would love to try again, but for the price, Im not sure if I will.
They are beautiful!
I cut the bottom steam about 1/2 - 1 inch then I scraped off some skin in the range from 1inch to 2inches from the fresh bottom steam and dipped them into a gel rooting hormone. After that I stuck them in a pre-made hole which the soil was pre-moisten and left it there for a day. Then I watered the plants every other day. Boom!!! all three are growing! But beware, check the bottom leaves apparently mealybugs and aphids love them. Not a problem, use Neem Oil : Good Luck everyone, they are absolutely beautiful plants to have.
All three cuttings have rooted1
by Kay Doggestt
I purchased three of these cuttings as soon as they were available. I live in SC very near to the GA line. I followed the directions and planted them in pots with Miracle Grow potting soil in 1 gal pots indoors. As soon as it got warm enough, I took them outside during the day to get some sun. One of them is really large- about a foot tall. The other two are smaller, but they all have leaves and appear to be healthy.
Top Quality Tree Collards
I received my tree collards in the mail today and I was ecstatic!! These little beauties arrived healthy looking, green and already sprouting leaves. I was very impressed with the quality of these plants and am looking forward to watching them grow grow grow!