Town & Country Garden Club News
Tue, 06/21/2016 - 2:46pm Douglas1
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Kathleen Taylor, Town & Country Garden Club
Mr. Mike Tanner and wife Arlene Tanner presented a program on propagation and rooting plants. What is propagation? Sexual (seed) and asexual (cloning).
The Town and Country Garden Club of Douglas, Georgia held their April 26, 2016, meeting on Tuesday at the Coffee County High School. Mr. Mike Tanner and wife Arlene Tanner presented a program on propagation and rooting plants. What is propagation? Sexual (seed) and asexual (cloning).
Make softwood cuttings from current season’s growth nearby mature foliage. Cut on slant, 2.6 inches long (clip large leaves to half size), and dust bottom inch of stem with hormone powder which excites plant cells. This speeds root growth and helps propagate difficult types. Slant treated cuttings so all leaves receive light, sand, and vermiculite are good rooting mediums. Broadleaf evergreens prefer a mixture of peat moss, sand, and perlite. Wet thoroughly before and after placing cuttings in soil. Wet sparingly from then on. Cuttings may be rooted in plastic. Spread moist sphagnum moss on plastic, add treated cuttings, roll up and tie.
Place in light but not sun until rooted. Need not be watered. Air layering on plant itself is not difficult. Notch stem, pack wet sphagnum on notch step, wrap with plastic tie. Cut off when roots form plant. To root by ground layering, bend branch to ground, cut incision where it can contact soil. Dust with hormone and hold down with forked stick.
Cover with light soil mixture and keep moist. Make layers in spring on last year’s wood and fall on current growth. Separate from parent when roots are sturdy.
See the full articles on page 1-B in the Wednesday, June 22, 2016 edition of The Douglas Enterprise.