- I have been ofered some azalea cuttings. Is there any magic way to
get them to strike? I am rather 'brown thumbed' when it comes to
this sort of thing.
As a rule most people don't stick azalea cuttings
(either evergreen or deciduous) until the spring and
summer growing season unless they have a heated
greenhouse or an indoors terrarium-like growing
chamber with fluorescent lights. Where I live in the
midlands of South Carolina I am able to stick azalea
cuttings (both kinds) year-round outdoors in pots with
clear domes (made from soft-drink or gallon spring
water bottles) under a shade cloth (reducing sun by 64
to 70 percent).
You are probably in a colder area than I am, so I
would recommend sticking cuttings in summer after new
growth has hardened.
With evergreen azaleas I like to make a short cutting
of about 3 inches including some brown older wood at
the base and current season's hardened growth at top
with the stem end pinched off. The media you use must
be fast draining, primarily bark soil conditioner.
Make a fresh angled cut at the base of the cutting and
make an inch long scratch in the bark at the cutting
base, remove the lowermost leaves for about 2 inches
and stick the cutting into the media up to the first
leaves. I don't use rooting hormone powder, but you
Cut a 2 or 3 liter clear soft drink bottle in half
making an even circle and put the top half with cap on
over the cuttings (in a gallon plastic nursery pot)
after you have lightly watered them. A U-shaped loop
of wire can be used as a hold-down on the lid,
advisable. Then put the pot-dome unit in protected
shade, watering it once weekly if no rain. I use a
green Coolaroo 64-70 percent shade cloth. Once
cuttings are rooted simply remove the bottle cap and
let cuttings harden off for at least 6 weeks. Remove
the clear dome and allow cuttings to grow in the
original pot for the rest of the year, transplanting
them to invidual pots.
If you are intending to root native deciduous azaleas,
that is a different world, but there are easy
effective ways, even during winter.
Mike Creel in South Carolina
--- Sno <snoharvey@...> wrote:
> I have been ofered some azalea cuttings. Is there__________________________________
> any magic way to
> get them to strike? I am rather 'brown thumbed'
> when it comes to
> this sort of thing.
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