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By Nick1

Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom Gb

I'm thinking about taking cuttings from a Rhododendron. never done it before and not really sure how or when is the best time to do it. anyone point me in the right direction or give an advice? cheers


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Nick it's best to layer Rhododendrons, find a suitable branch near the ground, make a forward cut on the underside about halfway through, take out a small hole, put a piece of flint in the cut. Peg down the branch behind the cut, fill the hole. Water in and firm down the soil. Next year it will have roots and you will have a new Rhododendron to plant out.

6 May, 2010

 

thanks for the reply. still a little unsure of what you mean. that's just me being a novice in the garden. what time of year could I do this??

7 May, 2010

 

Do it now Nick, you could try some aerial layers, which is choose a terminal growth and make an upward cut halfway through, about 6 to 9 inches down the stem. You may have to remove one or two leaves, cut a 3 inch plastic pot down one side, making a hole in the bottom big enough to fit round the stem, put this round the stem just below the cut with the piece of flint in. Fill the pot with spagnum moss and a mixture of general compost, hope this doesn't confuse you further, come back if it does.

7 May, 2010

 

googled 'layer Rhododendrons' and went on the gardeners world.com. they show you step by step with a few pictures. they say make a cut and then peg it down. they don't mention putting a piece of flint in the cut.

7 May, 2010

 

Hi Nick, the piece of flint will keep the cut open, if left shut the cambrian layer will seal the cut and no roots will form. Flint is sterile and has no absorbent properties.

7 May, 2010

 

is rooting hormone powder necessary?

7 May, 2010

 

If you are doing more than one, try a powder on one and not on the other. For my part hardwood does not absorb much of the rooting hormone, most of it is taken away in the surface water.

7 May, 2010

 

so is it worth using a powder then?

7 May, 2010

 

Personally I would say no, not on hardwood.

7 May, 2010

 

hardwood??? forgive me if I'm being a bit thick!!

8 May, 2010

 

Hardwood is a stem that has gone into secondary thickening to form a productive cambrian layer, which will make roots and occurs after 2 years plus. Softwood are cuttings only a few months old and require a propogating frame to grow, plus rooting powder.

9 May, 2010

 

where could I get a piece of flint from?

9 May, 2010

 

Knap a flint stone you wil find in your garden, other than that use a small piece of slate.

9 May, 2010

 

thanks for the advice I'm gonna give a a go.

10 May, 2010

 

Yes Nick, go for it, i'm sure you will be successful. If you need any more advice don't hesitate to ask.

10 May, 2010

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