The answer is *yes* - some 30 years ago my father persuaded me to illegally
import cuttings of oleander from Germany to the UK because he couldn't get
them here (still haven't seen any oleander in the UK!) - they grew
fantastically once rooted - just needed bringing in during the winter.
yes you can! I've done it many times. You take a slip and put it in water,
and from the nodes the roots will come; make sure you have no leaves on the
lower nodes. It'll take a few weeks for the roots to take.
Be patient. Good luck.
I've only ever rooted 3 or so at a time. I don't know if plant food helps or
hinders. I don't think you need it. I just remembered that for some reason
not all slips root. Also, depending on the zone you live in, they don't
overwinter through frost. I always take mine in. So much for your hedge,
"............. Ok, can I put a dozen or so in the same bucket? Would any
thing aid (within the water) rooting, such as some diluted plant food?
I have been wondering something along similar lines.
I have been wondering if you added some of the crystals that you get to give
cut flowers a longer life, as it also keeps the water sweet for several
Wouldn't be as strong as a liquid fertilizer
well dangety, dang dang! now y'all got me thinkin' about making some
more Oleanders! I got too many OTHER 'babies' started now, but i do
love that pink Ole and i guess i could use another on the northside.
probably have better luck this fall. but think i'll try it tomorrow.
Think i'll try some superthrive on the roots for one, some vinegar on
another, rooting harmone on one and if can find some one with a
willow, some willow on another. ...may not have any Oleander left
though, if i do that many.. tomorrow i'll be thinking clearer and
maybe forget the whole thing! <G> got too many plants started anyway..
thinking of setting some out in front with a for sale sign LOL!!!!
on the fence....lee h....P.S. i think it fowls the water to put
fertilizer in it. i seem to remember that the superthrive fowled the
water,too, but was OK when starting a cutting in soil...???
it usually works if done at the right time of year. In Feb of i think
about 1984 (zone 7) my neighbor cut his althea back severly and i took
a dozen or so of the whips, removed the lower leaves and stuck them
in a bucket with about 4 inches of water, left them in the solarium in
a shaded area, added water when needed and nearly everyone of them
sprouted. was able to have a nice line of them on the north property
line. This was when i had the lake place. My neighbor was a fine
gardner and very wise and i learned a lot from him. I can't remember
if I tipped them or not.
if you think about how thick the stalks really are, it does take a while for
roots to develop. If you take a slip from an impatients, it only takes a
week, but the slip is much thinner and lighter. I would renew the water
every now and then. I would also wait until you have a good and healthy root
system before you plant.
Adding nutrients before roots are established promotes rot. Use
just plain water.
Better, root the cuttings in a mix of peat moss and sand. (See my
<http://www.rossde.com/garden/garden_potting_mix.html , but omitall nutrients.) Potting up cuttings rooted in water often injures
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