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Charlotteda
Pickens, SC
(Zone 7a)

March 26, 2005
12:26 AM

Post #1362839

I want to root some cutting of my Dads japanese magnolia. with the purple tulip flowers. How and when can I do this?
thanks
charlotte
Charlotteda
Pickens, SC
(Zone 7a)

March 26, 2005
12:28 AM

Post #1362845

well heck. the photo in the plant file is not what I'm talking about. IT is a deciduous tree that blooms in the spring with big purplish flowers before any leaves come.

crestedchik

crestedchik
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

March 27, 2005
1:30 PM

Post #1365859

When I checked into propagating magnolias the best way was airlayering
supposedly in about 6 months you will have a rooted plant you can cut off
Make a wound on the branch or make a cut,slip a sliver or something to hold the cut open,dust with rooting hormone,pack damp peatmoss around and wrap with saran wrap or that new stuff ,press and seal,then you can wrap with tinfoil for protection

I have not tried it yet
My neighbor had a huge one that I was going to try it on but I think they cut it down
Charlotteda
Pickens, SC
(Zone 7a)

March 27, 2005
2:14 PM

Post #1365935

I am obviously not good with air layering. I tried that method on the native Flame azaleas in my woods last year and my experiement bombed ! thanks I may give it a try again.
gemini_sage
Winchester, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 28, 2005
8:51 PM

Post #1369037

I've not tried layering a magnolia yet, but I have had great success with azaleas, both native and hybrid. I just bend a branch to the ground and put a big rock on it. The first time was just a whim(did'nt even use rooting powder)and worked great. I have good luck with roses like that to. A magnolia would need some pretty low branches or suckers. Good luck!

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