Pandanus veitchii Plant

(Question)

I just wanted to report that my plant is still doing great. It has several shoots (babies). How tall should the shoots be before taking them from the plant to root them? Also, I was thinking that for the shoots, I was going to by a sun systems grow light that is used for plants and to put foul paper around the shoots to help with heat and to have them grown. Do you think that would give it too much light? On all the websites regarding this plant people say it needs directly sun light. Some say not. I just want to make sure that by buying this light and using the foul, I would not damage it. What is your opinion?

(Answer)

How satisfying it is to have these little shoots to propagate!

One reference book, “The House Plant Expert”, recommends that you remove these basal suckers (shoots) when they are about 6 inches long, and treat them as you would stem cuttings.  Before you begin, make sure that your cutting tools and pots are disinfected: you can do this by wiping their surfaces with rubbing alcohol. Cut the shoots from the parent plant with a sharp knife.  Plant the shoots in a moistened sterile medium such as vermiculite, and make sure that they are in a warm spot. Covering the pot with a clear plastic bag helps to retain moisture and give the new plants the humidity they require but you will still need to be vigilant about making sure they do not dry out.  The shoots should root in 4 to 6 weeks.  They need bright but indirect sunlight, which would be, for example, within 4 to 5 feet of east or west-facing windows, or within 3 to 5 feet of a window that faces south or southwest.  Sun should shine into the room for several hours.  If your mature Pandanus veitchii is growing well with natural light, perhaps you could find a spot close to these windows for the newly planted shoots? Here is a discussion on the use of artificial lights from a previous question about screw pines.    As for using foil around the shoots, this isn’t necessary, either for heat retention or light reflection.

Very best of luck in propagating your Pandanus veitchii.