Just curious. When you folks set out to propagate a plant from greenwood
cuttings, what sort of success rate to you expect? I haven't done a lot
of it but I do follow the "rules" including sterilizing the cutting
tool. I use a regular powdered rooting hormone and keep the medium moist
and protected from direct sunlight. Still my success rate with Pierus
japonica and Aucuba japonica (goldspot) is only about 50%. I guess I
shouldn't complain since the process takes little time and the cuttings
came for free from plantings around an old house that is being remodeled
and which will probably not make it through the landscaping to follow.
Some things like forsythia you can eventually get up to a 99% success rate
as you gain technique, for many other things a 50% success rate would
indicate you've already developed a pretty good technique. Cool
greenhouses, big coldframes, or at least bagging can increase success
-paghat the ratgirl
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