You can of course do a google search for a detailed explanantion, but
English laurel is extremely easily grown from cuttings. Take softwood
(this season's new growth, still with green stems) cuttings now, about 6
inches in length. Remove a portion of the foliage by holding the leaves
together and cutting them in half - this reduces the surface area
available for transpiration so the cutting focuses on root growth. Dip
the cut end into rooting hormone and place in a rooting medium of
50%-50% peat and sand. Keep moist. You might want to construct a simple
greenhouse by using a pop bottle with the base removed or a plastic bag
to maintain high humidity and prevent the cutting from drying out. Keep
out of direct sun. In about 6-8 weeks your laurel should be rooted and
can be potted up into a large container. It should be ready to plant
out, although still very small, next spring.
pam - gardengal
Thanks. I live in the Pacific Northwest. We have a super store called
Home Depot. I was given two "Prunus laurocerasus 'Compacta Improved'.
Kind of a joke, I'd say.
"...leaves are a bit smaller and darker than the regular English
Your directions are wonderful.
Can I take the the "cuttings" now before I "un-pot" the plants in the
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