How to propagate azaleas?

camineuless(z6TXd/fw)July 10, 2005

We are north of the D/FW metroplex by about 30 miles, where new housing is springing up everywhere "out on the flats" - and where the sun beats down on plants all day without remorse.

I'm literally in the middle of digging clay out of my daughter-in-law's flower bed so didn't take too long to look for a previously posted answer!

Her azaleas aren't doing too well anyway and whilst digging I backed up over a bush and broke a fair sized branch off. Stuck it in water temporarily - and wondered if I could use it to start a new plant-? In water, in dirt, with or without root starter? (Obviously I don't know a thing about azaleas!).

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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Your timing (early summer when new growth has stiffened up a bit but isn't woody yet) for breaking a branch was pretty good, and you may be able to get a few cuttings from the broken stem.

Cuttings are generally taken in the early summer when the new growth has had a chance to stiffen up a bit. Take cuttings from the newer growth that comes off of an existing woody stem, do use rooting hormone before planting the cutting in a smaller pot. Cover the pot with plastic (allowing for an air hole).

Here is a link that might be useful: Azalea cuttings

    Bookmark   July 10, 2005 at 7:31PM
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Thank you - just what I needed to know - and the link is a good one!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2005 at 1:22AM
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