Rootong Juniperus virginiana cuttings?

treeguy123(AL 7b)February 1, 2009

I need to root some Eastern Juniper or Eastern "Redcedar" (Juniperus virginiana) cuttings from an very amazing and special weeping mutation specimen I found in the wild. The tree is about 60 to 100 years old I would estimate, and is about 30 feet tall and 15 to 20 feet wide. It has weeping branch strands 3 feet long that sway in the wind (some may be 4 to 5 feet at base). It looks like it has lost 1/4 of it's side from a ice storm maybe in the past, and I feel like it might be at moderate risk of future strong storms so that's why I want to definitely propagate it now.

The only thing I have ever rooted in the past is Cottonwoods and willows, both very easy to root in early spring from cuttings because they have natural rooting hormone inside of their own branches, love water so the cuttings grow good in slow draining wet potting soil, and being bottle misted heavy every day.

So I need help in all the specifics of rooting them, like when to get the cuttings, what to use and buy (like best rooting hormone), and how to prepare and plant the cuttings and caring for them etc. etc.

I want this to work, any help of how to root them would be greatly appreciated.

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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

See Propagation from Cuttings in the USDA's Eastern Red Cedar Plant Guide linked below.

Here is a link that might be useful: USDA's Eastern Red Cedar Plant Guide

    Bookmark   February 2, 2009 at 2:26PM
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treeguy123(AL 7b)

Thanks, that has a lot of info.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2009 at 2:25AM
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Berry College once had such a tree! It had been transplanted there by a student some 60-75 years ago as part of their tuition payment (back in the day, that was an acceptable trade for money at the school). When I was a student there, it grew in front of the library, and was my favorite tree on campus because it was so dark green, and the foliage looked like Spanish moss, it weeped so. Sadly, this tree and many others though the center of campus fell victim to a tornado during the outbreak of 2011. I've seen cedars with the weeping characteristic in the wild, but nothing like that particular tree. Yours sounds very much like this very special tree. Have you been able to grow cuttings yet? I would very much like to buy a rooted cutting from you if you have, to raise to a transplantable size to return to Berry.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2015 at 10:42AM
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luvs2plant(z9 TX)

I've learned, and have the greatest success, taking evergreen cuttings during late summer.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2015 at 6:28PM
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