I want to propagate crepe myrtles from cuttings. I have done the obligatory
googling and it seems that it can be done using either hardwood cuttings in
winter or softwood cuttings in summer.
Is there any difference in either the technique or the results? Does
climate make a difference to which method is better? My climate is a hot
summer and cool winter.
I wouldn't worry, try both methods yourself. It will only cost you a
Its fun to experiment and learn.
Whether there is or not, I would say, going into Autumn would tend to be
As in cuttings in a hot summer, (unless youre able to beat the heat by
planting in a cool place,with good light, the best way) usually leads to
higher percentage of failures.
On 28/01/2010 12:14 PM, David Hare-Scott wrote:
Take some 15cm cuttings in March and put then in ordinary potting mix. Put
them in a shady spot that gets water. They will lose leaves over winter and
about half will shoot out with roots. I also have heard you can do root
cuttings as there are dormant buds but never tried it. I tried growing from
seed they sprouted but they damped off and died om me. I am just to mean to
use a fungicide.
Now does your crepe myrtle get mildew or not?
The cuttings I took were of current years growth they would be classed as
How many cuttings do you want? Mine is a mildew resistant variety so looks
good all year around in all its different phases. Must admit it is one of my
I want a few dozen as I have a big garden to fill up.. There are many CM
street trees in the district so I will ba able to choose the colours that I
like. They seem to thrive on neglect getting through heatwave, frost,
drought and flood with no problem.
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