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Help with rooting cuttings

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Posted: 4/16/2014 2:51 PM

Help with rooting cuttings 


Maybe some of you like to try getting cuttings to root in water...things like pussy willow, azaleas, and many other shrubs, trees, bushes.  I read many years ago to add some willow branches to the rooting water and that will give a better rooting result than just the plain water.  I clip off some willow tree limbs and add them and have had good turnout doing so.  A friend on another forum said she smashes the willow stems a little with a hammer before adding them and it works better, she thinks.

Happy rooting if you try this, =)!
Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.
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Posted: 4/16/2014 5:02 PM

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yes your right willows have a natural rooting hormone ..some people will the limps into smaller pieces and boil it for a bit or let it sit in water before using ....I perfer dip n grow and clonex ...
cristobal sanchez
zone 5a - 6
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Posted: 7/28/2014 6:25 AM

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Sarah, you have a willow tree,....you lucky dog you........I had one once that came down with Hurricaine Bob. Landed on the shed of my neighbors house and their sky lighted kitchen. Lucky for me, that was Mom and Dad's house.
As for rooting, what I have done with most of the bushes I want to make more of,.....I scrape or not scrape a tiny portion of a branch, then bury the branch in the dirt, lay something on it so it doesn't pop up out of the ground. And soon you have a bAby growing. The following year, you cut the branch from the mother plant, because it has it' s own root system.
This happens by accident with shrubs that have long branches that touch the ground naturally. I am actually rooting a clematis right now. This time I put the vines right into pots at the base, that way, when they have rooted, I cut them from mom and give away the plants already potted.
Other than that, root tone is what I use for those stubborn ones.

But I am sure you know all this already......
Dawn.......Zone 6a.......Niantic, CT

Last edited 7/28/2014 6:27 AM by Kitkat45

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Posted: 7/28/2014 12:58 PM

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I wonder if the willow "rooting hormone" is related to the natural "asprin" compounds they contain? In the old days before Bayer purified and patented the drug, if you got a headache you chewed on a fresh willow twig.

High desert grass and shrubland, zone 5, cold desert of Northern Nevada. 
Reporting live from the deadly Forty Mile Desert of Nevada.
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Posted: 7/28/2014 1:26 PM

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Dawn...I still have a little bit of a weeping willow to use.  Willows only live about 18 years around here as they get  borers in them and die.  We had 3 over the years but the last one split last year in a bad storm and there isn't much life left in it.  We had one blow down against the west side of our house many years ago during an 80 mph wind storm as clocked by the state police.  It was right up to the windows when it fell but didn't do any house damage.
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We have rooted several spirea and forsythia type shrubs by weighting down a low branch with a brick...works pretty well with little effort.

It's always fun when a gardener finds a new little start of something just waiting to be set out!
Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.
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Posted: 7/29/2014 7:18 AM

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It is a shame to lose a willow, they are wonderful. Because of the shallow root system, we decided not to replant one.
I have a question on The Rose of Sharon. Does anyone know of a specific type that does NOT reseed everywhere.???? I had one for years that came down in a hurricane when another tree branch landed on it.
A few years later I replanted a Rose of Sharon that I had dug up from a field that had many saplings.
But that one reseeded everywhere, so I pulled it out and 2 yrs later I occasionally find one growing through the flower beds where it was planted.
I would love to have another, and my hummingbirds would too. Not sure if I just got lucky with the first one.
So anyone out there have any advice????
Dawn.......Zone 6a.......Niantic, CT

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Posted: 7/29/2014 7:31 AM

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Hmmm?  I have six or so Rose of Sharon and we've never seen any volunteers at all.  I got mine for 50 cents each many years ago...1997, from a little cheap-o mail order co. so we would have had volunteers by now if we were going to have them.  My hummers love the blooms and we've had some bird nests in them thru the years.  Folks on the Cornell FeederWatch forum acted like they never believed me about the hummers using the blooms but the little guys really go for them.
Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.
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Posted: 7/30/2014 6:04 AM

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Thanks for that Sharon. I emailed Uconn Agricultural Station here in CT. They said there are nine different species of the Rose of Sharon tree and only ONE doesn't not send out many seedlings. I suppose that must be the one.
My hummers were all over it. I ended up finding the BlueBird. Deep dark blue-purple color., a rare find. My brother -in - law got it for me, from a friend of his that is a professional landscaper. They had only one.
But it was the barter system, has has to make his famous broccoli salad for a dinner party she is having on Saturday.
I am in Heaven.
Dawn.......Zone 6a.......Niantic, CT

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Posted: 7/30/2014 12:11 PM

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I forgot about a FeederWatch forum lady from Lake Gunterville, AL that fought the starts like crazy.  They bought a retirement place there and the previous owner had planted a few Rose of Sharon and they had starts coming up from like rhizomes, if I recall correctly...she hated them and could not believe mine don't come up like that.  Never have we seen a stray volunteer.  She was beside herself chopping them out.
Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.
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