Post by bluelacedredhead on Mar 25, 2007 21:19:18 GMT -5
Tom, One of the newer members here asked about rooting hydrangea branches on another site. Would you be kind enough to give a few details in layman's language so that she could attempt to root some at home?
That's really neat that they change color like that. Thanks, you learn something new every day!
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Hydrangia is a 3-4 foot tall spreading shrub. Bend five or six branches down to earth and lay some planks over them and work some bark mulch over those branches. Ya gotta let some leaves show and get sun. You have just started a primitive 'airlayer'. Come back in the fall and replace mulch. Spade free from the parent the following spring. Each branch should have roots. Pot and grow.
I have poor luck with cloches and other propagating methods for cuttings and rarely do that.
My neighbors Rhubarb sets seeds now and again, Every so often they settle at the back of my yard. They are worth repotting and bringing to market. I sold those out too.
Post by bluelacedredhead on Dec 4, 2007 22:09:22 GMT -5
What is the best way to overwinter small live Yule trees? I tried many years ago when the stores first had the 12" tabletop spruces, but I was new to Christmas tree farming, lol
But I'm thinking about this lovely little pine that's growing at the back of our farm on a hillside..I could live pot it for Christmas, then I would like to plant it up closer to the house. Can you give us some pointers on best way to do so??
I'd start to collect pine as early in the spring as you can get a shovel into dirt. For smaller trees I like larger paper white (dafodill) pans. Your soil should be etreemly fast draining that you set up newly collected trees in. Let them rest for 3-4 weeks under a bench in the cool, over water. Bring up into sunlight and prune growing tips as spring opens to just a few new needles.
The place where the rubber hits the road in live rooted trees as christmas specimens is maintaining the tree till sping just above freezing if it breaks dormancy Ie coold and water at need with some sunlight.
1. Don't bring it indoors for more than a couple days, and keep as cool as possible when you DO bring it in.
2. If it wakes up keep above freezing (just) and watered.
An example of fast draining soil: Cactus mix at the big box store
Another example of quick draing soil: 5 part Grani-Grit 5 part sifted bark mulch 1/2 part crushed oyster shell 1 part sifted compost
Flowerpower, And in the spring dig a couple for the next few years. If you have the stuff to make your own soil, and any place where you have overhead irrigation. You can do minimal care and still groom your tree(s).