propagation with cuttings
If I wish to make cuttings from a plant, say a bougainvillea, must I use only the 'tip' of the branch to plant, or can I use a longer branch and just chop it into many 6- to 8-inch sections to get multiple plantings? For best results, should I use a branch with 'green' growth on it, or can I use an older branch which is woody and thicker and green growth? thanks. jim
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
The best way to choose the best wood for cuttings look for the striped wood.
This would be the semi-hard wood cutting material.
Take a 4-node cut from this wood.
Remove all the leaves except the top leaf. Injure the bottom of the cutting and dip in rooting hormone. Place each cutting in a pot of light potting mix.
Keep the soil moist.
It can take 8 to 10 weeks for roots to form.
can i follow up the answer somehow? a node being where a leaf buds off? so can i take a branch with 16 nodes and thus make 4 cuttings? 3 of them wouldnt have a terminal leaf. thanks. jim