The Q&A Archives: Wild Azalea From Cuttings

Question: Is it possible to propagate the wild azalea (swamp pink) from cuttings? If yes, when should the attempt be made?

Answer: Yes, it is possible to propagate azaleas from cuttings, including the Swamp Azalea (Rhododendron viscosum) and Rhodora (Rhododendron canadense) which also grows in swampy areas. The best time to take the cuttings is shortly after blooming. Cuttings can be somewhat difficult to root and require a slightly acid, moist soil mix plus adequate humidity.

If you have the option, it is much easier to propagate these by layering. This can be done by bending a slender branch down to the soil, wounding the bottom side where it touches the soil, and burying it. You may need to either pin, stake or weight down the branch so that it doesn't wobble. Eventually roots will form and you will be able to separate the new plant.

Good luck with your project!

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