The Q&A Archives: Propagating Azaleas from Cuttings

Question: I would like to know if azaleas can be propagated and if so how do I do this and when? I have some existing plants with excellent color that I would like to reproduce. Thanks. Steve Kennedy McLeansville, NC

Answer: Azalea cuttings can be difficult to root, but you can always give it a try. Take your cuttings in August. Take cuttings from the inside or north side of the bush, cutting off the tip of good, healthy branch about 3 inches long. Leave the leaves at the top and the growing tip intact; remove the lower leaves. Use a rooting medium of 2 parts sphagnum moss to one part perlite. Make sure this mixture is very well moistened but not wet. Dip the cuttings in a rooting auxin (rooting hormone) and set in the rooting medium. Keep the soil at a constant temperature of 70 degrees F., and cover the tray with clear plastic. Keep out of direct sun. Most cultivars will begin to root in 4 to 6 weeks.

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