Cut off 2 inches above the soil, but it wants to live!

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I have several plants, about 2' to 2'6". The two largest were pulled out by a dog, and I found him chewing the roots. After explaining to him why this hurt me so much, I took one and braced the main stem with a piece of metal, wrapped it with thin velcro strips meant for securing plants to stakes or fencing, lightly rinse the roots with water and applied some root tone, put into some water and crossed my fingers. No go, it instantly took a dive. The other was more damaged, so I took a sharp knife, cut the stem at a pretty heavy angle, and just stuck it in some water. This one stood right back up, filled with water, and is as bushy and as strong as you could ask. So.. What next? Can I possibly get this thing to root. Can I get it to root enough to get it back into soil? Do I have a better option. Most people say give it up, but I have a lot to learn, and I am willing to try anything, simply for the sake of trying. Can I be successful and can I learn from this. I have had many experimentations in growing, and have had a few mediocre buds produced, but this is the first time that I am using good clones, from one of the best growsers that I have ever known, plus I have the resources to make this work. To be truthful, these are really my roommates plants, and the original grower is his really good friend for many years. He(my roommate) won't bring him(his buddy-pun sort of intended) into this, because he doesn't want him to know how stupid he was, and I had just told him(my roommate) 2 hours earlier, NOT to let that dog outside unattended, even if the plants were protected. Now, I would love to learn something, and bring this plant back. I know that genetically, it is top of the line. Is there anyone out there that can tell me how to make this thing happen. I am willing to get nutrients, any medium, a pump for water, in short I am willing to try anything, but anything that has been proven to work would be my first wish. It is as good as a plant could be that had just gotten its roots completely removed by a dog. In fact, it is in better shape than you would expect. Thanks for taking the time to read all of this...
 
WankirA

WankirA

Fuuuuuuuuuuuck!
Sorry fella, just in to sympathise, am new to scene so no advice I give is gonna be helpful (although it occurs that it is simply a clone, and should be treated similarly if its continued existence is to be attempted?!?!)

A more experienced grower will be along soon, hope you get the help you need, and perhaps give the dog some new chew toys...
Good luck.
 
London bud

London bud

I have several plants, about 2' to 2'6". The two largest were pulled out by a dog, and I found him chewing the roots. After explaining to him why this hurt me so much, I took one and braced the main stem with a piece of metal, wrapped it with thin velcro strips meant for securing plants to stakes or fencing, lightly rinse the roots with water and applied some root tone, put into some water and crossed my fingers. No go, it instantly took a dive. The other was more damaged, so I took a sharp knife, cut the stem at a pretty heavy angle, and just stuck it in some water. This one stood right back up, filled with water, and is as bushy and as strong as you could ask. So.. What next? Can I possibly get this thing to root. Can I get it to root enough to get it back into soil? Do I have a better option. Most people say give it up, but I have a lot to learn, and I am willing to try anything, simply for the sake of trying. Can I be successful and can I learn from this. I have had many experimentations in growing, and have had a few mediocre buds produced, but this is the first time that I am using good clones, from one of the best growsers that I have ever known, plus I have the resources to make this work. To be truthful, these are really my roommates plants, and the original grower is his really good friend for many years. He(my roommate) won't bring him(his buddy-pun sort of intended) into this, because he doesn't want him to know how stupid he was, and I had just told him(my roommate) 2 hours earlier, NOT to let that dog outside unattended, even if the plants were protected. Now, I would love to learn something, and bring this plant back. I know that genetically, it is top of the line. Is there anyone out there that can tell me how to make this thing happen. I am willing to get nutrients, any medium, a pump for water, in short I am willing to try anything, but anything that has been proven to work would be my first wish. It is as good as a plant could be that had just gotten its roots completely removed by a dog. In fact, it is in better shape than you would expect. Thanks for taking the time to read all of this...
I had a damaged plant, my wife went mad and threw it, It was fucked so I cut every branch off it and rooted them, it was a quite bushy plant though so for me cutting it up made sense, turnt it into 12plants and chucked the stem.
If you wanted the whole thing to root I think you would need to trim a lot of the leaf off and am not sure how well it would work, a whole plant needs whole roots to support it, with one new root the plants gonna be weak for a good while I'd imagine, I'm not sure the roots would ever catch up to support the top growth fully. It may just be to woody to root. IMO get yourself cuttings off it
 
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WankirA

WankirA

cutting it up made sense, turnt it into 12plants and chucked the stem.
This makes a lot of sense to me.
Obviously if you tried to keep the whole things 'as is' its gonna need to soak up a lot of mist through those leaves and will in all liklyhood never recover its former stature because itll have no primary (tap root) structure: lots of little clones is prolly the best hope, it'll take a little patience but this way you'll have a number of plants with same genetics and they will be at same stage mother plant is so, root them, give em a couple weeks to recover and couple for growth then flip them cause the veg period has been largly handled by the unfortunate mother.
(At least thats my understanding! 😗😉
Keep us posted, eh!
 
MooseFarts

MooseFarts

I had a kind of similar problem. My dog ended up backing right up and stepping with his back paw right onto the main stem of the plant at the base where it meets the ground. Since my dog is about 130 pounds, you can imagine that the plant itself practically was pushed perpendicular to the ground and it definitely tore the shit out of the roots where they meet the main stem.

The plant was in the worst state I’ve seen a plant in. It had no roots to uotake water. The worst part was that it poured the next day and drowned out the roots. I babies that plant for probably 2 or 3 weeks before it showed the slightest glimpse of life again. I was putting a tent fly over it when it would rain and had a shade bet over it in the sun. Barely watered it so the ground would finally dry up. When I did get a chance to water it (from it being dry enough) I was able to give it some root boosters.

I fully agree with what London bud said about a whole plant needing a whole root system to support itself, and that is apparent in what happened to my plant. It did not have enough roots to uptake the water and nutrients it needed to so it started wilting away. The plant went from having hundreds of leaves to maybe 20-30 leaves in a week or so just from leaves drying up and dying.

If you want to baby the plant rather than clone it you can keep it in the light but not in direct sunlight. This will stop the plant from transpiring so much and will not need to uptake so much water from the roots. Also be very careful when watering since it’ll be super easy to overwater and drown out the roots.
 
MooseFarts

MooseFarts

Dogs and weed ha. My old brown lab would eat leaves. My plants are behind chicken wire now. The other dog would crap next to them and pee on the pots.
Nothing is worse than cats and weed in my opinion. Dogs will learn their lesson when disciplined, cats just become a bigger pain in your ass. I’m not even a cat person myself but my sister has two of them. There’s been many times over the years where I’ve tried to simply start a seed in a windowsill or under a light in the open and I’ve come home to just a stem sticking out of the dirt. One year I had a tray non feminized seeds I started (think it was 32 seedlings in it) and came home to ALL of them gone. Wanted to use them as coyote bait after that but its 2019 and we can’t do that anymore so they’re still kicking.

... Just kidding I’m not that mean.... but pretty damn close to it

Learned my lesson the hard way, grow box for seedlings to keep away from the cats and cages for plants in the ground.
 
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