I am happy to share these pictures of saplings grown from cuttings taken from our MV Bodhi tree on 27 Sep 2011 after our tree was uprooted during a thunderstorm the night before . Like many, I was saddened by what happened to our Bodhi tree. I asked Ven Cittara for permission to take home some cuttings when the contractor were sawing the branches. I took home 5 pcs. Not sure if I would succeed, I planted all 5 in one flower pot of potting soil after applying rooting powder on the cuttings. Thereafter I watered them diligently daily and was very happy to see buds sprouting after 1 week, followed by leaves a few weeks later. Though the saplings have healthy young leaves I was not sure if roots had grow. As the pot was getting crowded, I decided to transplant them to bigger pots on 12 Nov 2011.
I was delighted to see an abundance of roots on 4 of the 5 cuttings with leaves -80% success! The 5th cutting has some short roots which I hope will continue to grow now that it has more room. I will continue to take care of these saplings and when they are stronger, I will bring them to MV.