Rhododendron cuttings, what's normal? What to expect?

seedlings82November 11, 2013

Hi there,
Gardening learner here. I've taken some cuttings of my rhododendron. The cutting are the lighter green (late spring here) tips that were firm enough to snap should I have tried to bend them but not yet browning bark. I cut them with secateurs approx 4 inch long, removed all but two leaves, halved them, made both flat cuts at the bottom and some diagonal to experiment. I used rooting hormone and made sure to bed in cutting soil mix with one node bellow the soil. They are in trays in my new hot house. It has been a week, the nodes where I removed leaves have gone brown n very leaf edges where I cut them in half have browned I am assuming this is normal? Part of the plants immune system defence?? Can someone confirm this? These are my very first cuttings ever can people tell me what to expect and what to look out for in the way of fungus pests, bad news etc lol thank you :)

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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Sorry to dampen your enthusiasm but I'm afraid you've picked one of the hardest subjects for your first cutting experiment. Rhododendrons are not easy to do. Layering is a more reliable method. However, here's a thread on the topic from GW.

Here is a link that might be useful: Rhododendron cuttings

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 8:49AM
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valeriepa(z5-6 NEPA)

I've always layered Good luck.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 3:37PM
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