Sunday, April 12, 2009

Viburnum and Spirea Cuttings

Last summer I took cuttings from one of my viburnums and a couple spireas. They have a good start this year and are beginning to put on new growth. The viburnum came from a softwood cutting that was about 3-4 nodes long. I need to transplant it into some better soil since all I used for it over the winter was some topsoil. Cutting corners on your soil is not a great idea! As you can see my viburnum is beginning to flower. I need to remove the flower to focus the plant's energy on root building and foliage growing.

 

The spireas make easy candidates for hardwood cuttings. A four node cuttings should root in less than six weeks and does so very reliably. I used rooting hormone (which you can find here at Amazon.com: rooting hormone) for the viburnum and spireas to help stimulate root growth and followed the usual procedures for taking cuttings. I may go ahead and plant these somewhere in the garden and see how well they do. As long as the rabbits don't attack they should do fine!

 

I plan on taking cuttings from our other viburnums as soon as there is enough greenwood this spring. Time to get outside and take cuttings!

8 comments :

  1. I am so impressed, I can't stand it! I'll be back to check this out in More Detail! :-) (Thank you!)

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  2. I am excited to see how the viburnums perform! Dave, you are the Professor of Propagating for sure! gail

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  3. Is that the snowball bush? It looks just like my little cuttings. I was surprised they made it as many did not, like fothergilla:(( Free plants are great!

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  4. Spireas as so great to propagate (as are hydrangeas). One year I trimmed my spirea and hydrangea and threw the cuttings into the compost pile. When I harvested compost the next summer I found multiple new spirea bushes and hydrangeas bushes. Easiest propagation I ever did.

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  5. Wonderful Dave. Yes sir, I do need to go and take some cuttings...Thanks for the gentle reminder.

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  6. I never remember to try cuttings. I think I will try it on my spireas. I like the little flower!

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  7. Your new little cuttings look great Dave. I'm going to have to give this a try with my Viburnums & Spireas too. Can't beat free plants for the garden!

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  8. This is a great idea and very useful information. I may give this a try in my garden this fall. THANK YOU for sharing. I am going to add your blog to my favorite list so I can come back often.

    Happy Spring!

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