Could some one please help me?
How do I root cuttings from my Swamp Azalea Rhododendron viscosum. I know it likes wet feet, have it's pot sitting on the shelf on one of my fish ponds. Only a couple of inches of the pot are in the water. And It seems to love it. It is blooming but to dark outside to take pictures right not.
You might try root cuttings. Take a section of roots with a small section of the stem attached and put it in a mix of very damp peat and pearlite.Cover the rots with the peat and pearlite mix and enclose all within a plastic bag. ?You should see new growth emerging along the small piece of stem in about a month or two.
The old 19th century method of layering plants to propagate them , works on just about anything Rhododendron. It actually helps to break a low hanging branch, where you want the roots, bury it several inches in the ground, and put a rock on it to hold it down when the wind blows. You should have a nice bunch of roots on it in about 6 to 9 months. Low hanging branches root easily this way, and it is called layering. Air layering is a little different and involves a little more effort. Layering it in the ground, lets you ignor it for a long time with little or no extra care.
I live in Oregon. On our southern coast we have a very fragrant Azalea (Rhododendron Specie), and in nature there are many color variations scattered over southern Oregon and Northern California. Naturally, these color forms attracted many Rhodie enthusiasts and became popular collecting topics for about 3 decades. Hope this helps Frank
Sandy, I think I know how you feel about this... I get in a fever over some of the lovely fragrant things. I would plant it in a wet spot just to layer the low hanging branches. The prices we pay at garden centers has more to do with keeping the help paid and the taxes paid. But now you can turn that plant into more plants using your own labor, and ingenuity.
In a year or two you will be saving seeds and sharing them with us.
Before long you will have rhodies blooming in your yard for 3 to 4 months a year.
Have you gone to the American Rhododendron Society seed Store???? They are dirt cheap and very generous. Growing any specie of Rhody from seed has to follow some very important , very basic horticultural principles, but if you do that, and can do it well, a whole new universe opens up to you...They do not need constant attention, this leaves you much time for your other gardening exploits! Frank
Frank Thank, I do not have much room so trying not to get in to deep. Beside Florida is not a good place for most Rhododendron as they do not do very well here.
But now Hibiscus can get me in deep. LOL