The species that originated B. x blakeana and the hybrid itself are deciduous plants, so they lose their leaves during winter that, in the Southern Hemisphere, happens from June to September. These plants then restart their vegetative growth at the end of this period which, according to Hartmann et al. (2002), would be the ideal time for the cuttings of deciduous species...
The Bauhinia x blakeana hybrid can be propagated by semi-woody cuttings collected in spring, without IBA application, or in summer, with the application of 3,000 mg L-1 of IBA. Cuttings collected in autumn or winter showed very low survival and rooting rates, regardless the IBA concentration, and were considered impracticable for the multiplication of this species.
greene said:Perlite does not hold water and peat moss is difficult to re-wet once it dries out. Please consider trying the Vermiculite, straight Vermiculite. I think you will be pleased with the results.
Please add photos so we can see the progress.
EscondidoCal said:Amazon has lots of choices for vermiculite.
I also have coco fiber......will add that to the trial.
Hi, I wasn't successful with the layer method, and didn't try a cutting.
The potted plant has been blooming for the past month at least.
Better than the one in the ground, even though it gets less light.
If I was going to propagate it by cuttings, I would try dipping the base
in a rooting hormone, and use 1:1 perlite & peat moss, and put it in
greenhouse. I'd try it with or without the hormone. I use a powder,
and also Dip n Grow, which is a liquid. Just experiment.
BTW, would you like some iris plants? They grow 7 feet tall in water,
and have yellow flowers in the spring. I have to thin them out, and
hate to throw out viable plants.
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