Propagating Plants

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Asked by Anonymous on March 29, 2011
Propagation

I am interested in how propagation works. I can’t quite comprehend how the plant can start growing roots, just by being sprinkled while the stem is suspended in the air? Do you need a rooting gel or enzyme to get things growing? And doesn’t the gel get washed away?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Perhaps, this article will help explain the process and types of propagation to give you a bit more understanding on the subject.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/propagation/propgen/types-of-plant-propagation.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on April 29, 2011
Rooting Shrubs

What does soilless mix mean? Also, do you root soft wood of evergreens the same way as shrubs that lose their leaves?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Most soilless mixes are predominantly sphagnum peat moss, which is lightweight, inexpensive, and well draining but water retentive. Soilless mixes are also free of disease and other contaminates.

This article will help with rooting: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/how-to-root-cuttings-from-various-shrubs-bushes-and-trees.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on May 1, 2011
Rooting Softwood Cuttings

Your article on rooting softwood cuttings says to put the cutting into a ‘damp soilless mix. ‘ What is that?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Asked by kathywalsh on May 30, 2011
Rooting Powder

Where can I buy root powder?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You can buy it at most plant nurseries and many big box hardware stores. It will be sold as rooting hormone.

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Asked by bluecarolina on June 9, 2011
Trees

Are there ANY trees that can be started by placing a branch of grown tree in water?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Yes, willow trees are often started this way. They produce a natural hormone that encourages rooting. You can actually root other plants easier in "willow water" or water that has been used to root willow branches.

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bluecarolina

Is there a way to grow cedar trees without the plant itself? Can I use a cut or broken branch put into plain water to start a tree??? Thanks

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Asked by JHelm on July 5, 2011
How to Grow Branch From Bush

I took a branch from a bush by the house to see what I could do with it. I want to know how to grow this branch.

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atwhatcost

It really depends on which kind of bush. Some kinds of plants will develop just by sticking the branch into the soil. Some bushes require grafting, which I've never tried. Some will grow by adding root hormone. And some? Some won't grow at all even if you add pixie dust to it. (Good luck finding pixie dust anyway. lol)

Now, try again, and let folks know which kind of bush you want to grow and you'll probably get a better answer next time. (Hey, I'm no expert. I just garden. lol)

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Asked by lhouse on July 10, 2011
Soilless Potting Mix

What is a “soil-less” potting medium used to root cuttings from bushes?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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