[NAFEX] rooting hardwood cuttings
Lon J. Rombough
lonrom at hevanet.com
Thu Mar 25 20:38:38 EST 2004
The usual way to root hardwood cuttings is to force a small green shoot,
then cut that off and root it under mist. Green cuttings root very easily.
Hardwood cuttings are a lot more difficult to root. I visited a nursery
when kiwi was just starting out as a commercial crop and the first way they
did it to get commercial quantities was to grow seedlings and graft to them.
If any of those old kiwi plantings are still around, it would be interesting
to know if any of them suckered and if the suckers produced anything useful.
i'm trying to root hardwood cuttings of A. arguta, kolomikta and also
Cudrania tricuspidata over bottom heat with hormone in sand/peat. Is a
lot of light beneficial, or would shaded be better? Bright light seems
like it would encourage leafing out without any root formation. Would no
light and just bottom heat work?
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