Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird'Hummingbird Dwarf Summersweet

sugar_magnolia(z6 Hamilton, NJ)October 8, 2005

Does anyone know where I can buy one? Is this a spring planting type of plant? I have a hedge of them and lost one and have been unsuccessful at finding a replacement.

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steve_nj(7-a)

Now is a good time to divide an existing one to fill in the hole.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2005 at 7:18PM
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Birdsong72(7/Northshore NJ)

Try air layering some of the peripheral branches into the soil from either side's sister plants.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2005 at 1:50AM
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Loretta NJ Z6

I didn't know I could divide my Hummingbird clethra. This is good to know since it is getting floppy.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2005 at 11:27AM
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steve_nj(7-a)

Layering branches should work well with new growth in spring and rooting in summer.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2005 at 9:02PM
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sugar_magnolia(z6 Hamilton, NJ)

What is air layering or layering branches? I don't understand how to do this -- you are speaking to a greenhorn :-)

Thanks!

    Bookmark   October 9, 2005 at 9:27PM
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bogturtle(SE NJ 7a)

I am sure I have posted this too many times, but I had great success with rhododendrons by scraping the bottom of branches near the ground, pegging them down and covering the scraped part with soil, leaving the end leaves showing. A year later, the new plant could be severed with a shovel from the parent. A mat of roots had grown where I had scraped the stem.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2005 at 10:43PM
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sugar_magnolia(z6 Hamilton, NJ)

Wow, bogturtle, that's cool. The mother plant tolerates having part of itself severd off?

Steve, can I just sever one of my plants in half and divide? Is the time to do this now or Spring? BTW, I have been saving pots for you.

Birdsong, I still do not understand air layering.

Thanks!

    Bookmark   October 18, 2005 at 7:54AM
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