On Fri, 23 Dec 2005 04:18:33 GMT
] Well, I disagree. For propagation of these, first choice would be air
] layering. It worked well with my Japanese maple. Second would be to take
] cuttings about 1 1/2 feet to 2 feet long and sticking these deep in a well
] drained tall container filled with thoroughly soaked plain ordinary sawdust.
] Keep the sawdust moist at all times and in a year or so you'll have your new
All the relevant literature from de Jong to Harris passing by Vertrees
agrees that this is a very difficult way to propagate A. palmatum cultivars.
If that's what you mean by Japanese Maple. Not to say it's impossible,
just very difficult and with a high failure rate. Layering is
said to work much better, but the preferred method is grafting.
Further, here's what Vertrees says about plants grown on their
own roots from cuttings: "Japanese Maple cultivars, in general,
have not proven to be as strong or as reliable on their own roots
as when grafted onto good seedling understock. Some plant failure
in rooted cultivars, as they get older, is attributed to their being
on their own roots."
Of course, some times it's fun to try, and clearly at least Lawrence
has found it a worthwhile experiment.
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