Mountain Laurels
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propagating Mountain Laurel

Zone Philadelphia, PA | Anonymous added on July 21, 2017 | Answered

Is in possible/practical to start Mountain Laurel plants from cuttings. I have a well developed, more that 50 year old plant that needs to be trimmed almost every year. What is the best type of wood for a cutting and what preparation leads to the best results?

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on July 21, 2017

You can propagate with cuttings and a soft cutting, on current green growth has the best chance of survival.
Take slightly green and pliable cuttings in the fall, just before dormancy.
Use a rooting hormone on the cuttings, either liquid or powder formula.

Fill pots with equal parts sand and perlite and have a clear cover or plastic bag to cover the pot.
The medium should be kept moist and at a constant temperature of 75 degrees with a germination mat.
It can take 4 to 6 months for the cuttings to root.

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