[identity profile] caletara.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] ethnobotanpharm
I used to have a lot of black nightshade plants in my garden. Recently, I found out someone weeded them. I have one left. I'm pretty distraught over this. Does black nightshade take well to clippings so I can grow it indoors, so i have more control over people 'weeding' it for me? Does it work best with root or leaf? Has anyone grown it indoors well? Thanks.
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Date: 2007-07-21 03:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] czarina69.livejournal.com
I'd try a cutting, and possibly use rooting hormone.

Date: 2007-07-22 01:13 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lyght.livejournal.com
I'm assuming your black nightshade is Solanum nigrum (as opposed to belladonna, doesn't have the white flowers you mentioned in the previous post). I'm not an expert on this plant but the only information I'm finding about it suggests that it is best propagated by seed. If you have any berries on your remaining plant, protect them well!

You could also try propagating as Czarina is suggesting, using a shoot cutting (be sure to include a node in the cutting) and dipping the root in rooting hormone such as Rootone before potting. I've found that tomatoes are pretty agreeable with this type of propagation and they are also in the Solanaceae family...perhaps the sentiment is shared throughout the family? :)

One last thing to be aware of...several sources consider this plant a noxious/invasive weed. Otherwise plant-friendly folk are going to be liable to pull this guy up, even if they find it on someone else's property, with the goal of defending the native flora from takeover. If this is a plant you want to have around long-term, you will need to label it and keep its growth under control to prevent others from "helping" you keep your garden tidy.



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