How Do You Propagate Senecio Mikanioides?
Senecio Mikanioides (German Ivy) is easy to propagate. It can be propagated by offsets, seeds, and cuttings in the spring and summer. When propagating by offsets, sow the offset below a torch or other heat-tolerant species of plants. This can be done by using a plastic sheet to cover the container’s dirt.
Lightly press down on top of it so that it doesn’t look like soil is coming up through the bottom, and allow about 1/4 inch between seed and planting medium for seedlings to emerge. You should water the container from below so that the water will not wash away the medium.
To use seeds for propagation, sow seeds after the danger of frost has passed in a well-drained soil mix. Sow seed flat or on the surface and lightly press down on top of it so that it doesn’t look like soil is coming up through the bottom and allow about 1/4 inch between seed and planting medium for seedlings to emerge.
You should water the container from below so that the water will not wash away the medium. Take 4-5 inch long cuttings from your German Ivy. Make sure each cutting includes at least 2-3 leaf nodes, as this is where new growth will emerge. Put your German Ivy cuttings in a container filled with simple water. Put it in a well-lit area. Every 5-7 days, change the water.
When your German Ivy cuttings have grown a significant number of roots, place them in wet potting soil. Place the setup in a warm, shady location and keep the soil wet until new growth appears and considerable growth is noted.
Begin normal maintenance by transferring the fresh German Ivy plants to separate pots. For a fuller plant, put many cuttings in one pot. The following are the steps to follow when propagating Senecio Mikanioides:
Propagating by cuttings;
- Take a cutting from the mother plant.
- Remove all leaves except for the top two or three.
- Make a diagonal cut at the bottom of each cutting using clean, sharp pruning shears or a knife.
- Dip the lower half of each cutting into rooting hormone powder before placing cuttings in containers filled with moistened potting mix (enough to accommodate roots).
- Water well after placing the cuttings in the container.
Propagation by offsets;
- Make sure that the mother plant is healthy and robust. When you cut a new stem, make sure that it will not grow beyond the point where you want it to stop growing or will produce flower buds while still attached to the mother plant.
- Cut a piece of the stem as long as desired and strong enough to form a new plant at its base.
- Cut the base of the new plant to a size that will be large enough to fit in the container where you want to grow it.
- Place the new plant in a well-drained medium, such as potting soil, at room temperature or just slightly warmer (about 75 degrees F) and keep humidity high by frequently spraying or misting with water.
- To encourage rapid root development and guarantee successful establishment, apply rooting hormone powder before placing it in soil and water well after planting.
- Keep the soil moist but not soggy.
- When the new plant is well established, transplant it to larger containers or into the garden.
Propagating by seeds;
- When to sow seeds. Seeds can be sown in spring or summer. Seeds should be sown outdoors only after the danger of frost has passed.
- Sow seeds shallowly and lightly cover with soil or fine seed-raising mix (do not press down). Seeds may be started indoors in flats for up to a month before transplanting outdoors if desired.
- More intense conditions can be created by placing seeds in an environment with more oxygen, light, and heat. Place the seed flat on a moistened paper towel and mist lightly with water. Keep the paper towel moist but not soggy.
- Use the same procedures described for offsets to start seeds indoors for transplanting outdoors in spring or summer.
- Keep the soil moist but not soggy when placing the seedling outdoors.
- To bring the plants into their flowering stage, increase the amount of water and light to about 65 degrees F for 10 days. Once the plants begin to flower, it is too late to provide additional heat, so increase watering to keep the medium moist but not soggy.
- When the plants have finished flowering, cut off all but one flower per plant. Continue to water and keep the soil moist but not soggy or saturated. To stimulate fruit production, use a spray of seaweed fertilizer at every watering.
- For maximum results, continue to regularly spray or mist the foliage with water at least 3 times per week throughout the growing season.
Is Senecio Mikanioides A Succulent?
Senecio Mikanioides is considered a succulent. They store water in their stems or roots, making them drought-tolerant and able to survive extreme temperatures and dry weather. If you want to keep your Senecio alive throughout the winter, you should re-pot it in a container that has drain holes as close as possible to the soil level.
Make sure there is water in the pot but do not allow it to sit in water for long periods. It is best to let the soil stay moist but not wet. Keeping the soil of your Senecio Mikanioides moist will also help prevent root rot and encourage new plant growth during dormancy.
The ideal temperature for your Senecio is 15-25°C, though it can tolerate temperatures between 0-60°C. It should be allowed to dry out between watering, but not completely.
While Senecio Mikanioides is succulent, it will not be able to survive in freezing temperatures. If you want your German Ivy to survive through the winter, you should move it into a place where it can receive light from the window or from artificial lighting and maintain its moisture.
You should also re-pot it as soon as possible to prevent root damage and encourage new growth when spring arrives.
How Do You Overwinter A Senecio Mikanioides?
When you want to overwinter your Senecio Mikanioides, you should ensure that it is protected from frost. Keeping your German Ivy in a place where temperatures are lower than 10°C may cause the leaves to wither and die.
Cold temperatures will also cause the stems and roots to rot, which is why you should relocate your plant indoors until spring arrives.
When the weather starts to become warmer, you can move your Senecio back outdoors again. The following are some of the ways to overwinter Senecio Mikanioides:
Store in the basement:
The best way to overwinter your Senecio Mikanioides (German Ivy) is to store it in the basement. If you have a basement, you should place your German Ivy on a sturdy surface that won’t be affected by the soil and water in it. If your basement does not have a natural light source, you should place a lamp nearby to help maintain the moisture in the terrarium.
Senecio Mikanioides grows well under fluorescent lights and artificial lighting, so do not worry about placing it under them.
Another best way to overwinter your Senecio Mikanioides (German Ivy) is to mulch and bury it in the ground. Dig a hole where the plant is currently located, but do not lift the plant out of it. Mix the soil with compost and surround the roots with this mixture, making sure that the crown (where the aerial roots emerge) is exposed. This can be done in early fall, right before the first frost.
The next step is to cover it with a layer of mulch until the soil freezes. The last step is to fill in the gap between the mulch and the soil with more soil and mix it with compost. Ideally, you should bury this layer at least 4-6 inches deep.
You can bring it inside the house when you want to overwinter your German Ivy. When you want to move it indoors, dig up the plant and remove excess soil. You should also cut back any of the dead or damaged leaves and stems so that only healthy parts are left.
When bringing your German Ivy inside for overwintering, place it against a window that receives a lot of sunlight or near artificial lighting or fluorescent lights. If possible, place a pot with rocks or water around your Senecio because this will help to maintain its moisture.
Another way to overwinter your German Ivy is to construct a cold frame out of wood. You can either use the greenhouse method or the cold frame method, which involves placing the cold frame on a south-facing wall so that it receives heat from the sun in winter. Make sure you construct the frame so that it is leak-proof, insulated, and ventilated so that excess moisture will not build up inside.
When you also want to overwinter your German Ivy, you can place it in a cloche. Cloches are transparent, and they are often used to protect plants from frost and pests. They are placed over the plant or pot and should be at least 3 inches away from the base.
When you want to place your Senecio Mikanioides in a cloche, make sure that the temperature does not drop below 40°F. You should also remove the cloche during the day and put it back on during the night or in cloudy weather.