I tried to get it to root in a glass of water, but no success after over 6 weeks. I finally moved it outside into the soil on the north side of my house. I'm prepared to chalk this one up as a failure and go get some more cuttings sometime - any tips on propagating this?
Dave try some softwood cuttings anytime between June and August. Dip in a little rooting hormone and place sterile soil. Most references indicate they are slow to root, even when the cuttings are taken at the most opportune time.
Funny thing about aucuba, I took a small cutting of mine to bring it inside and identify the variety. I threw the cutting in the compost heap and every time I turned the pile, I saw that the silly thing was still green. (No roots on it, though...)
I have only tried rooting two cuttings in water and no problem. One was a sport of an aucuba from my workplace. It lools like the variety "Picturata". The sport was off Mr Goldstrike, so it will bw a male plant. The other was just the plain old "gold Dust " plant.
I don;t know the time pf the yaer I did this, however like most shrubs you probably want semi-ripe wood, so July would seem about right. I say try again, in water.
Does anyone have any updates on propagating Aucuba? I am hoping to propagate some Aucubas (once I can find a neighbor who will donate some cuttings!). (By the way, louisa's link is no longer a good link; nor is the link to Dave's Journal.)
Would bottom heat be a help? Should I stick it in dirt and keep it in a plastic baggie to increase humidity? Try in water? Floral foam?
Lol - I'l bet by now Dave has mastered it! I have been known to put a bunch of cuttings in a bucket half full of water with good sucess - I put chicken wire over the top to keep them straight. Other times, had no sucess at all.
The best, easiest and most sucessful method I have used is to simply bend a low branch down to the ground, put some loose soil on it and a rock so it will stay down. Acuba will root this way in 2-3 mos. ( I do this with many shrubs) Of course, this method can be difficult if the "Momma" plant is in another state!. So Dave, did you ever get your cuttings going??
Azalea: I love that method -- I use exactly the same one for azaleas which I have otherwise been completely unsuccessful with. Problem is, I am taking these from people in the neighborhood whom I don't know, and it is bad enough for me to ask for a cutting, I don't think I can ask to put a rock on a branch of their shrub. And even if they say yes, they'll forget and take it off before it is rooted. Maybe if I find one by the street that is unloved . . . I need at least six plants.
This is going to sound like a tall tale. My Acuba comes up from the roots! I have an Acuba on one side of my deck and there is a small Acuba coming up on the other side of the deck. It is actuallyy under the edge of the deck next to the pool pump. I also get them coming up under the mother plant.
hementa, I'm with you. My mom used to root aucubas in no time flat. I'll ask her again, but I swear she put them in water one week, then in pots the next, and that's all she did. Seems like I did the same thing back in early 90's, too.
I can't make it go Jody's swap, very unforunately. It's a 3 hour drive, and I couldn't leave until 1:20pm the day of the swap because I take classes on Saturday morning. I'm really feeling sad about missing the swap, but if I start missing classes I'll fall behind . . .
I so appreciate your trying to root the Aucuba for me! I have a couple places in the deep shade where it'd be perfect. I think Jody is coming to the Northern Virginia swap -- maybe she'd be willing to transport it!
Otherwise, no worries. I have seen it around my neighborhood, so I really can try to take cuttings. I love the stoning approach; though; that's my favorite way to root azaleas.