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after the roots grow on cuttings; what then?

Posted by PattiG_NC SEcoastNCz8 (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 10, 04 at 9:06

Call me a poor planner or a pessimest, but I'm delighted to describe my "problem"; my camellia cuttings have rooted! It's what I was hoping for but heard they were so tough to start, so I'm surprised and thrilled. I took them from some antique camillias at our former home, and started them in a covered terrarium on my breeze way. I have to decide now what to do with these mini-plants; They have 2 original leaves or halved leaves each, at least one tiny new leaf bud (which showed up after I finally excised the mini-flower-buds they were working on,)and most of all, roots! but since they're in the terrarium, I'm worried that they'll get (roots) tangled up together. If I take them out and put them in pots, should I keep them in the breeze-way (screened, zone 8) to over-winter? should I still keep them covered with clear plastic? Are there other disadvantages besides root entanglement to just leaving them where they are? Or are they hardy enough just to pot them up and put them outside? It's in the high sixties at night here still. How much sun can they tolerate, or do they need? How should I proceed, and thanks in advance! Pat

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RE: after the roots grow on cuttings; what then?

Definately lightly shade them from direct sun and I would carefully pot them up singly into small clay pots of appropriate lime-free compost, water in, and continue them in a close environment while they become established - polythene, cold frame or back into the terrarium. Give protection from frosts during their first winter and plant out late spring or early summmer.

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RE: after the roots grow on cuttings; what then?

A few days ago, after finding a large limb of one of our 'Lady Clare' camellias broken by a pine branch that had fallen during a storm, I spent a few minutes reading the chapter on propagation in one of my old Sunset publications entitled _Growing Camellias_. That chapter advises against moving rooted camellia cuttings except when they are in active growth. It says that if you move them when they are not in active growth, you will lose a high percentage of them.

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