I got this Schisandra chinensis “Eastern Prince” from nursery about two-three weeks ago and it was two-years-old plant about 2’ tall just starting leafing out; but today I noticed all leafs ware dry and plant is dry to the ground. Although it was in a wet soil, in a pot, in a shade.
Upon examine I found it was trunk starting to rot, and it has rootball with tiny roots, and few thick and very long roots above that, and rotting just in-between. So I am very sure plant is still alive but I am afraid to kill it; I’ve read that thick roots like that contain sugar and carbs and can easily start new life. Any advice on how to do root propagation? maybe in plastic ziplocks with some perlite and/or sphagnum in it?
On these pictures you can see I split plant into two parts, top part has two long thick roots, and bottom part has visibly alive root ball which I already planted in a regular pot & soil, outside.
I uncovered rotting area by fingernail:
Split into two separate plants with roots:
Top part with two thick roots which I want to root, or maybe to cut into 2"-3" and propagate in sterile peatrie dishes with sand; need advise:
I was looking into propagating this plant just the other day. (I have a friend who would like one)
This is the best site I found for information on doing just that…
I’d leave the two pieces as they are and fertilize with fish emulsion and hope for new growth. (new well draining soil with a pH between 5-6).
Keep us posed and maybe someone else will chime in here.
If you have existing plant then perhaps easiest way is air layering. But I have roots only I’ve read somewhere thick roots are like potato, contain carbs, will make babies. So my plan: 5-7cm cuttings, sterilize in peroxide, put into plastic pot with cover (from restaurant take-out), cover with wet sumisoil (it is pieces of charcoal covered with clay, and charcoal prevents bacterial growth); no fertilizers… put one in a fridge for 3 weeks; another one in a shade (in room); some experiments.
But I planted two main parts “as is” in the gardening-type ProMix soil in a pot (in a shade, outside), very sure it should grow; but long thick roots were too long so I have few pieces to experiment
Here is my setup, SumiSoil (sterilized with boiling water) and plastic pots for food, one has pieces of roots covered with soil, and another one uncovered; placed in a room on windowsill, and a shady area; wish me luck
Personally I think not buried in soil are better: I can spray by peroxide if needed; but many sources suggest to bury it.
I think the one with the roots covered will sprout first. Though I will admit I’ve never had luck getting root cuttings (with figs and such) growing. I think that because schisandra is a vining plant that you should have a good chance.
Just in 8 days, on 1st picture two cuttings have green in it:
Note that I kept roots for almost 1 hour in Peroxide 3% and then dried before planting; and used boiling water for SumiSoil