Propagation by Cuttings: A non-expert experience

I have been mentioning in a few posts about the plant propagation course I took over the last 10 months. Here is a little more explanation of propagation by cuttings, but I am certain you can find better advice elsewhere on the internet.

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From what I recall, this is how it works. You’ll need a rooting hormone, which you can purchase in powder form, but in this case I used chopped up willow leaves that I soaked overnight.

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Cut the stem to three nodes and cut half off of the top leaves. This is griselinia, a NZ native tree aka kapuka in te reo. Scrape one side of the bottom of the cutting to expose the cambium.

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I soaked these semi-hardwood cuttings in the willow water for half an hour before putting them into the propagation mix.

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Then they go into the propagation unit, which holds in warmth and humidity. Behind the griselinia is buxus.

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The unit has two misting units set on a timer.

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After a few months the cuttings have put out roots.

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I used my very fancy potting bench/duck house to prick them out and pot them up.

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Then back in the unit for some more time to grow in a sheltered environment.

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And finally outdoors.    Screen shot 2014-10-27 at 11.44.27 AM

Peace, Estwing

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