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  • From: Louis Pittman <>
  • To: mailing list at ibiblio - Northamerican Allied Fruit Experimenters <>
  • Subject: Re: [nafex] Growing cuttings in a sand bed
  • Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2023 16:03:59 -0600

I grew up propagating azaleas, camellias, roses with my dad, in a bed
similar to what you're describing, but ours was framed up of 2X12 boards
and contained what was initially a 50/50 mix of sand and peat moss. and
was in a fairly shady area on the east side of the house, over topped by a
couple of cherrybark oaks. No mist, but no direct sun, and they got
watered daily.
Later on, I rooted pomegranates and blueberries in it.

I've had fair success with semi-hardwood mulberry cuttings collected from
about mid-July on... making a 'humidity chamber' can be as easy as placing
a glass jar over individual cuttings, or inverting a clear plastic storage
tote over a larger group of cuttings.


On Sun, Jan 22, 2023 at 7:29 PM Dennis B <> wrote:

> Pretty new here but the bug has bitten and I am eager to learn what I can
> do to grow fruits, veggies and pollinating plants.
> I built myself a sand bed out of concrete blocks and will cover with a 50%
> shade cloth and install a sprinkler system to keep the cuttings moist. In
> my unheated workshop I also have an indoor misting bed filled with sand and
> bottom heat.
> Is there a list of what grows well from hardwood and also softwood
> cuttings?
> Any guidance would be appreciated.
> thanks
> Dennis
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