When is the best time to take cuttings of Rhododendrons & Azaleas, and how is it done.
08 July 2012 08:55 PM
There are a couple of methods you can use to propagate azaleas and rhododendrons, those being, layering and semi-hardwood cuttings. The best time to take these cuttings is late summer/early autumn. I have attached a link which will help you with the layering method. http://www.eskimo.com/~enumclaw/Tips/Propagation/layering.html When preparing a cutting, cut off shoots of the current year' wood that are about 15cm long. Remove the leaves from the lower part of the shoot and cut the base straight across, just below a node, so that the cutting is about 5-10cm long. Strip off all but three or four leaves from the cutting. You can wound the stem of the cutting and dip it into some hormone rooting powder before placing into the propagating mix. Keep the cuttings moist and in a good light situation. Good luck, I hope you are successful in producing lots of healthy new plants.