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  • From: Ed & Pat Fackler <>
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  • Subject: Re: [nafex] Antique Rooting Method.
  • Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2001 08:50:47 -0500

Tom Olenio wrote:

> Hi,
> Listening to Paul Parent's garden club on web radio this
> morning and he mentioned an old rooting technique, used in
> England over 100 years ago.
> You take cuttings in April, while still dormant, put a small
> hole in a potato and insert the cutting into the hole, and
> bury the potato in soil.

My response-----

Like a lot of folklore, the above is more or less, well---folklore.
Rooting many decideous plants (those that loose there leaves) from
hardwood cuttings is best started in the fall. Reason. Hormones which are
responsible for root initiation move from growing tip (terminal buds)
downward to roots as part of the dormancy process.
When these hormones pass through younger wood to and through older wood
the process slows a bit (perhaps 2-3 weeks, depending on species) and at this
time (late Oct.-Early Nov. here) cuttings may be taken and stored for later
rooting, either outside in a cold frame or held until sticking in rooting
beds very early the following spring.
Of course there are many exceptions to this, grape and pussywillow are
examples---these will root most anytime cuttings are taken.

The above has worked well here over the years when the need arises.

Ed, So. Indiana, heaven

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