All Things Gardening forum: Is this cutting a failure?

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California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Feb 15, 2017 6:56 PM CST
It's been about 3 1/2 weeks now I want to say...I decided to use the branch I had from the Olive tree and plant the cuttings from it after taking all the olives off. Though it hasn't had any new growth. It started showing signs of growth and then this happened. I don't know if it's supposed to do that or if it's a lost cause and I should just chuck them and reuse the soil for something else. I've also got an olive seedling I cut the tip off and put in a ziplock baggy with water so hopefully that will germinate.


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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Feb 15, 2017 10:06 PM CST
Renae, what are you referring to when you say "and then this happened" ? My understanding is that cuttings generally need to make roots before they start making top growth.

Did you use any rooting hormone?
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California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Feb 15, 2017 10:17 PM CST
The cleaned up part of the stem started to dry up and split...From the video I watched it said you didn't need rooting hormone for the cuttings. Is it too late to add some? or should I start adding some now?or should I start over with rooting hormone?
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Feb 15, 2017 11:11 PM CST
Well, this is definitely not my "area of expertise" (if I even HAVE one of those), and I hope someone else will offer some advice... but from this website it appears they are fairly easy to root http://www.biggranite.com/grow...
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California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Feb 15, 2017 11:40 PM CST
Mine aren't cut at an angle or in plastic. I'm unsure if I should try cleaning them up and cutting some at an angle. I will give them some more time though. Thanks Sandy! Maybe I will take some cuttings and do all 3 and if in 5-6 months I don't see any results I can make a decision on them then. Thanks again for your help! :)
Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Feb 17, 2017 9:33 AM CST
I have 3 year old cuttings of azaleas and they just bloomed at 5" tall this year. Time for them to have larger pots. But they aren't rootbound. I think they just grow slow at first.
California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Feb 17, 2017 2:55 PM CST
Azaleas are so pretty once they've bloomed :hearts:

I hope these seeds i've got grow to be well. I haven't watered my plants in probably a day just because it's been raining and I don't want to water them too much if there's no sunlight for them and then they develop a fungus in the soil or get sick.
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Yardenman
Feb 19, 2017 12:19 AM CST
RenaeC said:It's been about 3 1/2 weeks now I want to say...I decided to use the branch I had from the Olive tree and plant the cuttings from it after taking all the olives off. Though it hasn't had any new growth. It started showing signs of growth and then this happened. I don't know if it's supposed to do that or if it's a lost cause and I should just chuck them and reuse the soil for something else. I've also got an olive seedling I cut the tip off and put in a ziplock baggy with water so hopefully that will germinate.


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In my experience (and I am fond on expending my shrubs with cuttings) you need to choose the right time of the year. You want to take cuttings when the new shoots are still flexible and green.

Some plants are that way in early Spring, others in early Summer.

A good test is the scratch the bark off sample. If it is moist and greenish, cutting will probably root. Rooting hormone powders also help a lot.

California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Feb 19, 2017 3:43 PM CST
I was supposed to get rooting hormone today though I may hold off till next month so I can save and get to the store when they start putting out the summer plants. It's already technically considered spring here since we're in the 60's and 70's and they've already started putting out the summer swimming supplies here...From what I've read this tree is good to cut in late winter, early spring and is really easy to grow. It said you can just cut it and place it in the ground, so Idk what's going on.

I'm still going to see if they will sprout anything, but I'm not holding my breath on them since they're starting to split, so if I don't see results by summer I can decide then what i'll do with them. I'm still waiting on the seed to germinate and if by summer there is nothing then I will get more cuttings. There is one branch that is still flexible and I had green when it was cut, but just like the other's I haven't seen any results with it. So finger's cross we get growth Crossing Fingers! Thumbs up
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tarev
Feb 19, 2017 4:51 PM CST
If you got willow tree around there, you can make willow water and use it as plant rooting hormone.
California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Feb 19, 2017 6:37 PM CST
Thanks for the tip! :)
California, San Joaquin valley (Zone 9b)
RenaeC
Feb 27, 2017 2:14 PM CST
I found a willow tree by my house on my morning walk, but it was all cut up. I don't think those tiny bits of new growth are enough to make a root hormone out of it. Plus the tree's branches were cut back way too high up for anyone to reach them so i wasn't able to grab down some branches.

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