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Ypsilanti, Michigan
Nov 20, 2015 3:15 PM CST
Has anyone tried to root a broken Azalea Branch. If successful please let me know your procedure. Thanks.
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Nov 20, 2015 11:32 PM CST
I have never tried with a branch that large. I would make that into a few cuttings each no larger around than a pencil and about 8 inches in length. When I make woody stem cuttings I gently scrape away the outer bark on the lower 1 inch or so, coat the area with Rootone rooting hormone and make a hole with my finger in the soil in a container. Slip the cutting into the hole, gently push the soil into place and do the same with the rest of your cuttings. When I do my cuttings, I remove about 1/2 of the leaves on each cutting. If the remaining leaves are big, I usually cut them in half to help reduce the stress and strain on the cutting. Carefully water the soil so as to not disturb the cutting/Rootone and keep the soil moist.

I use a water soluble root starter at 1/4 strength to water the cuttings and make sure the containers are well drained. In order to help keep the cuttings from drying out I group the containers together in a bright, warm place out of direct sun and place a "tent" of clear plastic over but not touching the cuttings to form a small greenhouse of sorts. It takes about 6 weeks for new roots to form, but they are very fragile so handle the new plants carefully.
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Nov 21, 2015 6:29 AM CST
Thank You! I will give it a try. Appreciate your reply.
(Zone 8b)
Nov 21, 2015 6:51 AM CST
I have never had luck rooting azalea in water. My husband can get them to root in soil though. He gets under the mother plant and scratches the soil up and sticks it down there. Check in 6 months or so.
Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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Nov 21, 2015 8:01 AM CST
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Nov 21, 2015 9:44 AM CST
You are very welcome. Just to be clear, do mot cut off the tip of the branches, make your cuts from the broken end.
Name: David Laderoute
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Nov 22, 2015 12:35 AM CST
If this is an outdoor Azalea, I would do a winter style hardwood cutting outdoors. You can do it in a pot and then sink the pot. Cover with some leaves. I question whether they would make it or do well indoors.

Also for hardood cuttings, DipnGrow is better than powdered hormones.

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