I'm planning on propagating azaleas this spring. I'm sooooo excited about this. Savannah, GA is a city known for it's beautiful azaleas and dogwoods. They're everywhere and in every yard!!! This is supposed to be very easy to do according to a friend of mine that has done this before. A softwood cutting, a little rooting hormone and that's all there is to it! Have any of you ever propagated azaleas?
Try to do the cuttings just after the plant has finished blooming. Then is the time it forms new growth, so if you take cuttings, roots will be part of that growth. I have only rooted azaleas once. With hormone. I had about a 50% success rate.
Easy, easy! I've done this method without harmone with success. I think best would be after blooming when you would be pruning anyway. Dave you might want to try grafting or budding with the Rhododendron. Also I have several azaleas that are rooting thru layering. Last year I just made a depression in the ground, bent the stem so it made contact with the soil (remove the leaves where the nodes touch the soil) covered with more soil and anchored with a brick. I will pot them this year. This method promotes a high rate of success (prevents water stress and carbohydrate shortage that plague cuttings). 'Course when you just have cutting, you stick them in the ground--Sayre