Azalea Cuttings

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Azalea Cuttings

Post by David Ros » Fri, 14 May 2004 10:01:17



About two months ago, I took greenwood cuttings of 'George Taber',
a Southern Indica azalea.  I used rooting hormone powder and potted
the shoots in a 50-50 mix of peat moss and plaster sand (no added
nutrients).  Then, I put the bottom of a cut-off liter soda bottle
over the pot to act as a greenhouse.  The pot is in a greenhouse
window on the north side of my house.  

The shoots are still alive and seem to be growing new foliage.  But
there are no roots yet.  About how long should it take for these
cuttings to root?  

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Azalea Cuttings

Post by Frogle » Sat, 15 May 2004 22:51:44




Quote:
>About two months ago, I took greenwood cuttings of 'George Taber',
>a Southern Indica azalea.  I used rooting hormone powder and potted
>the shoots in a 50-50 mix of peat moss and plaster sand (no added
>nutrients).  Then, I put the bottom of a cut-off liter soda bottle
>over the pot to act as a greenhouse.  The pot is in a greenhouse
>window on the north side of my house.  

>The shoots are still alive and seem to be growing new foliage.  But
>there are no roots yet.  About how long should it take for these
>cuttings to root?  

Don't know about cuttings, but azaleas are easily propagated by
layering -- bend a branch down to the ground and put a rock on it.
Approx. The time involved is around 3 months for a sustaining root
system to have developed. Not that rooting in water or soilless medium
should take that long.