Taking & growing cuttings

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Taking & growing cuttings

Post by Alexkja » Tue, 06 May 1997 04:00:00



Have had 0% success taking and growing hardwood and softwood cuttings.

Read somewhere that they can be taken at any time of the year, but I can't
make it work.

I plant the cuttings in general potting compost after dipping them in
Roota. The cut ends just seem to rot.

Any tips ??

Al

 
 
 

Taking & growing cuttings

Post by Irving Bak » Tue, 06 May 1997 04:00:00



Quote:
>Have had 0% success taking and growing hardwood and softwood cuttings.

>Read somewhere that they can be taken at any time of the year, but I can't
>make it work.

>I plant the cuttings in general potting compost after dipping them in
>Roota. The cut ends just seem to rot.

>Any tips ??

>Al

It all depends on the plants you are trying to grow. Some grow easily
from softwood cuttings and some will grow from both soft and hardwood
cuttings.I take about 800 mum cuttings every year and get 99% good
results. I use a rooting hormone that contains both IBA and
A-Naphthalene Acetic acid. Dip-N-Grow is one brand. KLN is another.

Irv B.

 
 
 

Taking & growing cuttings

Post by Mo & Glen L » Wed, 07 May 1997 04:00:00



Quote:
>Have had 0% success taking and growing hardwood and softwood cuttings.

>Read somewhere that they can be taken at any time of the year, but I can't
>make it work.

>I plant the cuttings in general potting compost after dipping them in
>Roota. The cut ends just seem to rot.

>Any tips ??

>Al

Al:

Put your cuttings either in 50% peat moss, 50% coarse sand, or 100%
coarse sand.  Should be moist but not soggy.

Glen in Regina, SK zone 3

 
 
 

Taking & growing cuttings

Post by Vimala Siddalingai » Wed, 07 May 1997 04:00:00


I do not know of any time of the year but I have been successfull in
summer time.  I have gotten rooted azaleas, forsithias, fig, and I see the
rose bush cuttings having leaves but I am not sure whether they will
survive or not.  I have not yet transplanted them and have not lifted and
seen if there are any roots.  May be try it around June-July-August time
frame.

: Have had 0% success taking and growing hardwood and softwood cuttings.

: Read somewhere that they can be taken at any time of the year, but I can't
: make it work.

: I plant the cuttings in general potting compost after dipping them in
: Roota. The cut ends just seem to rot.

: Any tips ??

: Al

 
 
 

Taking & growing cuttings

Post by David Ros » Wed, 07 May 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

> Have had 0% success taking and growing hardwood and softwood cuttings.

> Read somewhere that they can be taken at any time of the year, but I can't
> make it work.

> I plant the cuttings in general potting compost after dipping them in
> Roota. The cut ends just seem to rot.

> Any tips ??

Expect a failure rate of 50% or greater with woody cuttings, no matter
what you do.  

However, to improve your chances, avoid compost.  It is alive with the
organisms that cause rot.  That's how plant matter is converted into
compost.  

Use a mix half peat moss and half sand.  I use washed plaster sand.
(Washing is part of the processing before it reaches the building supply
store.  You don't have to wash it.)  No fertilizer.  I use a small pot.
After watering well once, I put a mini-greenhouse over the pot; the
greenhouse is made from an empty liter bottle of cola -- just cut off
the bottom and keep the cap on.  I often root perennials this way and
successfully rooted eugenia and azaleas, too.  

--
David Ross
Climate:  California Mediterranean
Sunset Zone: 21 -- interior Santa Monica Mountains with some ocean
influence
http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/6727
(I keep changing it, so visit again.)

 
 
 

Taking & growing cuttings

Post by Ronnie Fangu » Thu, 08 May 1997 04:00:00




Quote:
> Have had 0% success taking and growing hardwood and softwood cuttings.

> Read somewhere that they can be taken at any time of the year, but I
can't
> make it work.

> I plant the cuttings in general potting compost after dipping them in
> Roota. The cut ends just seem to rot.

> Any tips ??

I have been trying different techniques to propagate rose bushes from
cuttings for several years.  If possible, I find it best to air layer the
stems before cutting them from the bush.  With roots already on the
cutting, you are almost assured it will survive.  If it is not possible to
air layer the stems, I find that high humidity helps tremendously with
cuttings.  Put the potted cutting in an old aquarium, covered by some clear
container, or make some type of mini-greenhouse.  I used old scraps of wood
to build a frame which I covered with clear plastic sheeting.

Good luck.