[nafex] Rooting Prunus
tolenio at sentex.net
Tue Mar 13 08:52:47 EST 2001
I just got word that my winter dormant prunus cuttings are
on their way, and I want to review the rooting steps I have
found for prunus with you. If I have made a mistake please
let me know. I have gleaned this specific steps from
various areas of the web and your suggestions;
1) Sterilize cuttings in bleach solution. I am
moderate solution of 2 drops of bleach to a
2) Cuttings should be trimmed to 15cm in length.
3) Basal end should have a small 1/2" amount of
removed from one side of cutting.
4) Treat basal ends with rooting hormone.
makers of water saluable ABA suggests 1/2 a
in 1 liter of water (weak solution) and soak
to 12 hours (weak solution, long soak) for
5) Rooting medium is 50% perlite and 50%
6) In damp rooting medium poke a hole deep enough
accomodate the cuttings except for the top
7) Before inserting cuttings in holes put 1/8th
tsp of mycorrhiza
fungi into hole.
8) Insert cuttings into rooting medium and firm
in (not too firm).
9) Place cuttings in humidity chamber with bottom
heat of 70F.
(misting system if you have one)
10) Heep humidity up and air temp down around
the bottom heat raises the temperture in the
I will be putting 4 (2 liter) bottles of
frozen water in the chamber to
reduce air temperature. Replace frozen
water bottles daily (thank
goodness I have lots of empty pop bottles
and a big freezer).
11) Mist cuttings daily with weak chlorine
solution (1 drop bleach to
1 cup of water. (very small drips). This
acts as a mild fungicide
12) Keep rooting medium damp till they root.
Please keep in mind that rooting the cuttings is my only
option at this time, and I am only looking for comments on
the process for rooting prunus cuttings.
Thanks in advance,
Hardiness Zone 6a
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
More information about the nafex