Natal Plum (Carissa macrocarpa) cuttings propagation, how to?

happyvegan(10B)May 23, 2013

We had to move our very large Natal Plum from the front of our home today due to new windows going in. It required an excavator to move it. I am praying and praying that it survives the move.

Anyway, I had to trim it up prior to moving it. Well I have all of these trimmings and want to try propagating them. I have them soaking right now in Superthrive. So now what do I need to do?

I appreciate any and all suggestions.

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I've never heard of anyone growing fruit trees from cuttings, but you will need to water that transplant really well every day for the next few weeks and keep it moist (but not wet) all summer.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 8:23PM
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I've grown fruit trees from cuttings many times up north, this is my first year trying to root out fruit tree trim cuttings in Florida.I also soak them in super thrive as the starter. Keep the direct sun off them but they do need diffused light. Keep them well misted, if they dry out they are toast. Fogger nozzles on a timer works well for that.


    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 11:05PM
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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Lou, I hope you have some success. What do you use as a medium?

MOO (I've always wanted to do that)!

    Bookmark   May 23, 2013 at 11:57PM
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Do you consider carissa a fruit tree? I know the fruit is edible, but I don't know anyone who grows it for that. Just curious as to whether you use it or just treat it as an ornamental shrub.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2013 at 12:04AM
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carolb_w_fl(zone 9/10)

I love the scent of those flowers - 1 of my faves!

1 thing you might try to ensure the transplanted shrub survives is to cut it back a lot, so more energy gets directed to the roots. Not sure what Superthrive is, but you might try watering the transplanted shrub w/that as well - I always use Maxicrop seaweed extract on my transplants & it seems to help. I fill the planting hole w/ it before putting the plant in & give it a good drench afterwards as well.

You might try using rooting hormone (like Rootone) to dust the ends of the cuttings before planting.

Purdue has a page saying that it propagates best by air & ground layering & that cuttings root better when branch is partially cut through 2 months before planting.

Floridata's page also says it's mainly propagated by cuttings...

Here is a link that might be useful: Carissa @ Floridata

This post was edited by carolb_w_fl on Fri, May 24, 13 at 10:46

    Bookmark   May 24, 2013 at 10:32AM
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