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When and how should I take cuttings from my lovely laurel. It really is the best one I've seen and it's been in this pot for years. I wonder should I plant it in the garden, but need a replacement in case... I had this as a young plant from an old friend who died a few years ago it was a cutting from his which was rather large and straggly. Is it the pot which keeps it such a nice shape?


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That looks like Aucuba japonica 'Crotonifolia', which has those lovely pale patches, much more than the usual A. japonica. Semi ripe cuttings in early summer, but I must say it looks as if it needs a bigger pot anyway, or planting out, so you've got enough new shoots to make semi ripe ones.

19 Mar, 2011

 

Thanks Bamboo, it's not crotonifolia, I want one of those too. Isn't it a lovely variegation, much better than its parent. That's why I'm afraid to disturb it. It does need something doing though as the pot is full of root. Any high wind and it blows over:-( Do the cuttings 'take' easily? I'm not very good at that sort of thing, can you give me more detail please?:-)

19 Mar, 2011

 

Semi ripe means shoots which have grown this year, from spring onwards - by some uncertain point between end of May and July, the new shoots, which have grown on by then, with more above, hopefully, will have become what's known as semi ripe, meaning they're not soft and sappy like they were when they first appeared, but aren't yet hard. Happens faster in hot summers. Google semi ripe cuttings - should be explicit instructions as to how to go about it online, but from what I recall, you'll need a container covered in plastic to place the cuttings in, a shady place in the garden, some sandy or gritty seed/cutting compost and rooting hormone powder. But the critical thing is to encourage sufficient new growth on your plant to be able to take cuttings at all.

20 Mar, 2011

 

Thanks Bamboo:-)

20 Mar, 2011

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