coral tree transplanting
Hi, my neighbour has a beautiful Coral Tree and it threw two shoots. I have taken one shoot out of ground it was about 18 inches tall and transplanted into my front yard. It is receiving same amount of sun and light as where it was. but all branches have died off. Will it survive? or is it just die back?What do you recommend?
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I'm not able to find any propagation information on taking a root shoot.
Cuttings are a better way to propagate this tree.
Cut a branch from an existing coral tree that is 6 to 10 feet long, 2 to 4 inches in diameter and includes the growing end. Smaller cuttings can be used, but larger ones establish themselves more quickly, are less likely to be eaten by grazing animals and stand up to weeds better. Cut a branch a minimum of 1 foot long and about 2 inches in diameter if you must use smaller cuttings. Take the cuttings any time of the year, but the best time is at the beginning of the rainy season when new growth appears.
Stand the cuttings upright in shade and keep them cool and dry for at least 24 hours. Plant them before two weeks has passed. This allows the cuttings to dry a little to help prevent fungus and rotting.
Make a hole in the soil for each cutting. Distribute a small amount of rhizobia bacteria inoculant into each hole. This bacteria is necessary for the coral tree to be able to fix nitrogen in the soil. Place a little mycorrhizal fungi inoculant in locations with potassium deficiency.
Insert the longer cuttings, cut end down, 8 to 16 inches into the soil. If you have smaller cuttings, insert at least 20 percent of their total length underground. Pat the soil firmly around the cuttings.
Water the cuttings to keep the soil moist but not wet. Roots should appear in about a month. Container-rooted cuttings can be transplanted after three or four months, if desired. Alternatively, you can keep the coral tree as a container plant if the container is very large.