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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Sep 11, 2014 11:00 AM CST
Most of my cuttings look great for a few months, then die. I just knew I had been successful with my snowball tree cuttings this year, they looked fine for about three months, then they all died. I have had success with a few things, but mostly just a total bust in the long run.
Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
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LysmachiaMoon
Sep 12, 2014 6:03 AM CST
I've been watching a lot of BBC garden shows and one thing they all insist on is LOTS OF SHARP GRIT/Gravel. Also, I notice they do not use rooting hormone ever. As for the grit, this might be the secret because I've noticed that my arborvitae hedge scatters seeds everywhere but they ONLY ONLY come up when they fall into the pebbles between pavers in my grape arbor. And then they flourish...I've got a little forest of them in there now. Same with the lavender. I never had luck with lavender seeds until I tried planting them in a bed of gravel (because they come up on their own in the gravel in the walk). I suspect this may hold the key for cuttings too...it keeps the stem uniformly moist but allows lots of air to circulate around it too. I also suspect that the powdered rooting hormone may work against me...I wonder if the powder (probably some sort of cornstarch) clogs up the "tubes" in the stems. That would both prevent water from going up and would also trap any bacteria within the stem.

Here's another thing: I got several cuttings of a miniature rose from a friend (thru the mail). The ones I stuck in sterilized rooting medium with hormone all went black and died within days. The one I stuck in a bottle of water on the windowsill ROOTED and is growing like crazy in the garden now. The bottle was green glass.

I'm going to keep trying, but it is discouraging! The only no fail rooting I've done is sweet potatoes (edible and ornamental) in jars of water.
The end is nothing, the journey is all.
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Region: Alabama Composter Garden Photography Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Seedfork
Sep 12, 2014 5:28 PM CST
The no fail things I have done have been hydrangeas and confederate rose, they do very well. I did also have some Wisteria vine do very well. The thing is I didn't want the Wisteria to start with, I don't like viney things to much even though I do have a lot of Jasmine, it is a lot of work to keep it trimmed, it grows like mad. I just lay my Azalea limbs on the ground and cover them with soil and they root, I tried that with my Snowball tree and still it did not root. I can occasionally get a rose to root, but I don't like to plant own root roses here, they don't do very well. I do have a few I started still in pots, and they have stayed very small.

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