Soft &/or wood cuttings?

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    MDgreenery
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    Hoping you can help me with a couple of questions about cuttings (which I hardly ever do).

    We recently had a rain storm which snapped a few flower stems; one of them is a new perennial coreopsis. After digging in the wet soil, I took the stem which had a fresh flower blooming on the tip & planted it half way down its stem. The stem had another set of leaves on it so I buried the leaves with half the stem. It seems to be doing exceptionally well & the single flower is still blooming?  I did something similar with a fuchsia plant I accidentally snapped in the beginning of Spring & it grew as if it were its own plant?

    Can I do this with say a branch of a Weigela tree/shrub? What about other woody plants, do they root as easily as the herbaceous plants? A few of you gave me important info about Peonies earlier, is it possible to submerge a peony set of leaves/stem & get a new blooming plant?

    And lastly, if burying the leaves is helpful for cuttings why do the professionals suggest stripping the leaves first? Is there a benefit to that method that I am missing?

    Thank you.

     

     

     


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    growingranny_va_z7
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    No for the peony but some things like Weigelia root really well, strip off the leaves up to where you put the cutting and keep it moist. Peonies need a little of the root to start new ones. At least that has been my experience with them. If you want to really find out about a particular woody plant Google “how to start …… from cuttings” and you should find good information there. I did that with Oleanders and had terrific luck rooting them.


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    Gayle
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    I’m glad Molly answered you.  She is the whiz on starting new plants from cuttings.  I am terrible but I do know you are supposed to strip the leaves off below the soil line.


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    ili Z.9
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    A few times I’ve been able to start Hydrangeas’ stems…after they root it will take a long time to really bushy up…grow nicely…


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    plantdoctorzn4
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    I agree with Gayle….Molly spoke….listen to her… she is the cutting queen.  I do some things from cuttings, but it is pure luck if they grow….lol.  Charlene


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    MDgreenery
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    Thank you ladies. Believe I have a visual now? But not completely…are you saying that some roots may/will develop where the leaves are removed…below the soil line or from the bottom of the cutting only?

    Thanks again.


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    Gayle
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    When they first root it’s usually from the bottom of the cutting or close to it.   I’ve never had anything root further up with no roots on the bottom.


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    ili Z.9
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    No leaves under water …JMO…


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    MDgreenery
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    Ok then, think I have it now. Thanks for the explanation & advice, ladies.


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    auntcon
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    I know you can root rose cuttings.  I put some trimmings in a nearby pot last year and they were rooted and blooming…then DH took over watering with the hose and I ASSUMED he was watering that pot as well…turns out he was not.  Boo Hoo


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    growingranny_va_z7
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    The one thing I have rooted in water is the Oleander, I googled that to see how to do it and it said to use water and change the water every day. I did that, the first roots came out from the bottom, a couple sent roots out of the next joint above it too. I have the first 3 potted in soil now and a lot more cuttings in water now. I normally don’t use water to root cuttings, the roots are more tender than if they are rooted in a soil mix..peat, perlite and vermiculite. I use a rooting hormone on some things, some things won’t root if you use it. I have a book that is good for finding the “recipe” for most woody plants.


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