how to propagate Cryptomeria japonica 'Elegans'
I currently live in Santa Clara, CA, but am moving to a town outside of Tyler, Texas. My neighbor has an absolutely stunning Plume Cedar (Crytomeria japonica 'Elegans') and I want to grow some more of these from cuttings. I actually grew this tree from a cutting many years ago but I cannot remember exactly what I did.
My questions are:
1. Is this a good time to make cuttings?
2. I think I used a mixture of about 90% perlite and 10% peat moss. Is this OK or can anyone recommend a better medium?
3. Do you think this tree will grow in East Texas? The area is covered with large pine trees and growers raise lots of roses in the area.
BTW: If you want the "perfect" lawn tree, this is it. Absolutely fantastic shape and it changes color between the winter and summer. Soft foliage you cannot resist running your hands through. No surface roots and it doesn't drop anything.
Thanks for your help.