Propagating large leaf rhodos

mainegard3(5b-6a)October 6, 2010

I chopped down an old large leaf rhodo to the root in hopes in wouldn't return but it did. At this point, I figured I'd keep it and keep in trimmed each season. There are new stems about 12 inches long with buds on them now. I pulled several of them out of the ground from the root and stuck them in the ground somewhere else. Will these new transplants live? From what I've seen, this plant is tough.

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mainegrower(Z5b ME)

It may be tough, but it's not that tough. Willows, poplar and maybe forsythia can root and grow this way, but not rhododendrons.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2010 at 5:45AM
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rhodyman(SE PA, USDA Z6)

The small fibrous roots would have to be intact for these shoots to grow.

However you can use the tips of these shoots as cuttings and root them following the procedure for rooting rhododendron cuttings.

Here is a link that might be useful: Procedure for Rooting Rhododendron Cuttings

    Bookmark   October 8, 2010 at 7:46AM
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