The following rooting method is useful for rooting a large quantity of cuttings in a limited space.

First cut a strip of black plastic several inches wider than the height of the cuttings. The one pictured is cut from a black, plastic trash bag, about 12-inches wide and 30-inches long. Spread a thick layer of damp, long fiber sphagnum moss, over the plastic. Arrange the cuttings an inch or two apart on top of the moss, so that half their length is in the moss and tops will be sticking out of the moss. Another thin layer of damp moss should be spread over the bottoms of the cuttings to keep them from touching bare plastic when it's rolled up. 
From one end roll the strip into a bundle as you would a jelly-roll. Keep it loose but tight enough to hold all the cuttings in place. Secure the roll with rubber bands and stand it up right. The bottom of the roll is left open for water to drain out. Place your roll on a tray or in a tub out of direct sunlight. Be sure to monitor the moss for moisture and water when it appears to be drying. The moss will stay moist for a long time so additional watering is seldom necessary After two weeks some of your cuttings will begin to sprout roots. You can remove them at this time for potting, or let them remain in the bundle until all the cuttings have roots. I found this method works well with both hardwood and greenwood cuttings. As long as cuttings are healthy to begin with, seldom any rotting occurs.

Photos and Instructions donated by Sue Poland


How to root arborea!

 
Arborea41.jpg (49928 bytes) Take only the side shoots that come up frequently on the trunk. The stem portion of the side shoot must be at least 6 inches long. Take a sterile razor (don't use any kind of clippers, too much tissue damage and rot will ensue), strip off all but the top leaves, dip the cutting in Shultz (IBA+NAA) Root Starter, stick in clean, sterile, damp vermiculite, place on heat mat @72ºF and should see roots in 3-4 weeks. Don't transplant till there are quite a few roots in the rooting container. (I use clear, clean, cut off Gatorade bottles so I can see the roots)
Susie French
 

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