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Going to try taking cuttings from these in February; next warming spell:
Red twig dogwood
Yellow twig dogwood
Beauty bush? (lower acre south bed; pink flowered)
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Winter cuttings from pruning roses, shrubs
Take prunings from roses in early February. cut into 8-10 inch lengths.
Cut bottom 1/4 inch below bud eye. Scrape off all bud eyes from bottom to about 2 inches up (which will be below soil line in potting mixture). Scrape off outer bark, 1 inch from bottom. Cut top off just above bud eye.
Dip bottom in rooting hormone. Wrap bundle of cuttings in damp newspaper, then put in plastic bags. Store in 45-65 degree spot until spring. Should see some rooting activity. Then pot into media and grow on in moist atmosphere.
This might also work with other shrubs. I'm going to try hydrangea and lilac, weigla, etc.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Juniper and yew propagation; in Fav tab.
It looks like juniper is considered "fairly" easy to root and yew only slightly less easy. It also seems as if these two species you take cuttings in late winter. One source said to take the cuttings just when you start to see the plant break dormancy, when the buds begin to swell.
My general overview of the process....for juniper, take a cutting, skin the bark off to the cambium layer about 1 inch from bottom of cutting. Dip in hormone powder, stick in medium. Keep moist and shaded, but warm....if this cutting is coming in from the outside, the increase in temp will trigger rooting.
For yew, it looks like taking a "heel" cutting is best. You rip off the cutting from the main stem, leaving a heel of the main stem and bark on it. Hormone powder, medium. Keep moist shaded and warm.
They don't seem to have the great optimism for success that the deciduous cutting people have, so I think it might be best to try several cuttings in different pots and at different times to see what works best.
I do know that the blue rug juniper seems to root pretty well by layering...there's a few in the walk now. This makes me think that juniper roots best in limestone gravel, so that's what I'll try.