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18460RE: [AZ] A few CreelWay Propagation updates

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  • Harold Greer
    Dec 4, 2012
      One addition to the information Mike sent is that he says he is now
      using mushroom compost in his soil mix.

      My statement next is from observation in the Northwest and has no
      scientific basis, but I have seen mushroom compost badly burn
      rhododendrons. Now there might have been some other unknown factor in
      the problem as I don't know of it tested again, but I do know that the
      plants it was used on were badly burned . That is the information for
      what it is worth.

      Harold Greer

      -----Original Message-----
      From: azaleas@yahoogroups.com [mailto:azaleas@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
      Of bsperling
      Sent: Tuesday, December 04, 2012 4:01 PM
      To: azaleas@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [AZ] A few CreelWay Propagation updates

      Hi Mike!
      Thanks for the updates on your methods.
      2 things:
      1) I don't see the side holes in your pictures, only the bottom
      Are they small or nonexistent?
      2) I don't see how the water gets inside from rain or watering.
      The older method had the top section smaller than the lower one so that
      water fell into the periphery, but not here. How is it watered?

      Mike Creel wrote:
      > [Attachment(s) <#TopText> from Mike Creel included below]
      > There is nothing official or patented about my unorthodox propagation
      > methods, but they were named CreelWay by a friend in Norway who has
      > had some success using them. A few folks other than me have tried
      > them successfully too. Creelway propagation methods and devices
      > require a leap of faith because they are outside the norm. My methods

      > are a continuing work in progress however and I do make improvements
      > from time to time.
      > Those few people who try my methods are invited to read on. For those

      > not interested, just delete the message and the three attached photos
      > of a simple new propagation device I made this week from a spring
      > water bottle. I love to make useful things from stuff people throw
      > away. I even save pieces of wire and string, hidden from my wife.
      > When I throw something useless away it always seems that I need it the
      next day.
      > My all purpose media mix for seedlings, rooting cuttings and repotting

      > (mostly native azaleas, but other woody shrubs and trees too) is now 5

      > parts of pine bark mini-nuggets, 1 part Fafard B or Baccto Pro and 1
      > part mushroom compost (new) well mixed with a large hand trowel. I
      > now drill 3/4 inch drain holes in the bottom of containers as well as
      > on the sides up to one inch below the media surface. I do not fully
      > fill pots for seeds, cuttings or plants, just halfway (half full) the
      > height for normal tall pots. I just started using a little slow
      > release fertilizer on the media surface once cuttings are rooted or
      > seedlings have true leaves, but not too late in the season.
      > A use a variety of different home made propagation devices, mostly
      > made from junk. A few years ago I experimented with making a pot and
      > humidity dome from a single clear bottle such as a large cylindrical
      > soft drink bottle, sun-tolerant large spring water bottles and
      > Hawaiian Punch bottles. I called them my X2 PropPot. They were fairly

      > successfull in rooting cuttings but some stayed too wet. This week I
      > made a few more X2 PropPots but carefully drilled additional drain
      > holes in the bottom section that holds media. Also I used a new style

      > of Deer Park Spring Water bottle.
      > One of the three attached photos shows the bottom and side-corner
      > drain holes, made with a 3/4 inch diameter cylinder type hole saw on
      > an electric hand drill. A second photo shows the two sections cut
      > from a single bottle to form a top humidity dome and a bottom pot for
      > Using scissors I cut a vertical roughly 1 1/2 inch slit in 7 places
      > along the bottom of the top dome section. These slits allow the top
      > to be firmly re-attached to the bottom, sliding over the bottom,
      > pretty much air and water tight. The third photo shows the completed
      > dome pot, watered, lid screwed on and cuttings stuck (Golden Flare in
      this pot).
      > I put this pot and several similar ones made from other types of clear

      > bottles under my 4 foot high 65-70 percent green Coolaroo shade cloth,

      > seated on a sloping slab of concrete that used to be a dog pen. I
      > recycled the dog pen for a shade bed. I water the pots once after
      > sticking cuttings and before affixing the dome top. Then I just water

      > over head once weekly if no rain.
      > I would happy to answer any questions and post additional photos. No
      > jokes or criticism please.
      > Mike Creel, SC USDA Zone 8a
      > Lexington, South Carolina


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