oak leaf hydrangeas?

ibartoo(z8 sc)April 9, 2008

Is now a good time to root oak leaf hydrangeas? I had some started in december on a heated porch, but I have lost all of them. I can get more cuttings but I have to get them now and I wondered if it would be a good time from. My daytime temps are mid 60's -low 70's and nights in 50's. Any ideas?

Thanks, Linda

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georgez5il(z5 IL)

I prefer to use cuttings taken late May through July... of firm new growth.. apply 0.8% IBA (Rooting hormone) stick in well drained soil & mist (cut leaf to 1/4 or 1/3 normal size) takes 21-50 days to root...

    Bookmark   April 12, 2008 at 3:47PM
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medontdo(8)

so am i to the understanding we no longer put our plants in the water to root?? another stupid question, i know, but i wanta learn this all!!
if i understand, its 1/2 perilite, 1/2 peat, then the plant dipped in rooting hormone, then poke the hole in the mix, then put the plant in, pat the area, lightly water??
then mist the leaves??
is this right?? watch for new growth and how do ya know for sure if you have roots? besides the tug and possibly ruining the roots??
the reason i ask is cuz i had a whole bunch of cameila cuttings and ya know every one of them died. 1/2 in water and the other 1/2 in soil. but it was soil/peat. no misting. over winter. drrrrr. :'(( sorry for hijacking linda LOL

    Bookmark   April 12, 2008 at 11:45PM
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ibartoo(z8 sc)

Thanks George, you are always a great help!

Medontdo, I have always had mine rot in water. Lots of people say that hydrangeas and camellias will root in water, but not for me. Gardenias and confederate rose maybe, but not other things. If you want camellia cuttings email me.( june is the best time for those.) Linda

Ps. The way you know they have rooted is when they start putting out new growth.
I have killed many a cutting with the "tug" test! LOL

    Bookmark   April 13, 2008 at 11:06AM
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medontdo(8)

thank you! i have the same problem!! :'((

    Bookmark   April 13, 2008 at 12:39PM
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