Top Questions About Propagating Plants

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Questions About Propagating Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
March 29, 2011

Q. 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?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 8, 2011
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A.

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

Q. Rooting Shrubs

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

Answered by
Nikki on
April 29, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

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

Q. Rooting Softwood Cuttings

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

Answered by
Nikki on
May 2, 2011
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Asked by
kathywalsh on
May 30, 2011

Q. Rooting Powder

Where can I buy root powder?

Answered by
Heather on
June 3, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

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

Q. Trees

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

Answered by
Heather on
June 10, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

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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Answered by
bluecarolina on
June 10, 2011
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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

Q. 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.

Answered by
atwhatcost on
July 8, 2011
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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

Q. Soilless Potting Mix

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

Answered by
Heather on
July 14, 2011
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