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Q.I made cuttings from my boxwoods according to your guide, but they are neither rooting nor dying. I have had them for about two mo

Zone 84655 | missyanneward added on December 27, 2018 | Answered

nths now and there is no root growth, but they are all still green and none of them are shriveled. What should I do? I took about 40 cuttings, used rooting horemone, water consistently with a spray bottle and keep them in an east facing window on top of a heating pad on low heat.

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Answered on December 29, 2018

While you can take cuttings almost any time of the year, the best time is when the stems are flexible enough to bend, yet still snap when pushed beyond their limit. That happens about a month after the plants put forth new growth in the spring and continues into late summer. This allows plenty of time for the roots to mature before winter arrives.
Strip the bottom half of the leaves off and dip the ends in powdered rooting hormone, then tuck the stems gently into a well-draining potting medium and water thoroughly. A loose, plastic covering creates a mini-greenhouse that stays warm and moist.
Roots should develop within about three months.

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