Sucess at rooting camellias
On May15 I stuck about 75 cuttings from an old red camellia that grows on an abondoned lot. Probably very old since there hasn't been a house there in about 40 yrs. Unbeleivably nice shrub about 12 feet tall on a tall dry terrace. Very nice conical shape. Anyway I've been gently tuggin on them and a few reisted and some died. Curious, and needing the space in my propagating box I decided to knock them out and see what I had.
Well- 2 fully rooted very well, 1 partially with two 1/4in roots, 14 well calloused, and 12 not rooted but still looking good. Potted the 3 rooted ones up in reg mix, repotted the calloused ones back up and put the nonrooted together in a pot. I bet if had waited another month most of the calloused would had roots.
I was amazed by the two that rooted- big masses of branching roots. And the callouses on the others were bigger than I would have thought.
Also did some layering this week- lots on old camellias on the vacant lots in the seedier parts of town.