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Old 07-26-2013, 09:35 AM   #31
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How long have they been "rooting"? If it hasn't been 2 weeks, resist the temptation to check. If you have new growth, they're rooted. If not, can you use something to lift up just one to see if you have any trace of roots? You can gently place it back and water it, no matter what the results.
They definitely rooted. Those that were most robust were already planted a while back when we were getting lots of rain for a week or more mid-summer. They seem to be doing fine. Those with little growth were put back and I've just been keeping them watered.

I decided I want to plant another elderberry at the base of a slope where I'm adding some tall wildflowers--cup plant, wild senna, and eventually big bluestem (maybe) and some New York ironweed. I'm sure I'll add others if I have the space...now I wish I had one of the most robust ones for that area. Oh well.
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:37 AM   #32
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Try rooting things in place if you can.
You can keep them from drying out by covering them with a clotche'
I like that idea. I did plant half of the elderberry cuttings in the ground during early spring; I didn't cover them, and I think at least one or two rooted.
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Probably the last thing most of us are thinking about in the middle of July is cloning our shrubs and trees.

But you may want to clone that crab-apple that doesn't suffer blights and the birds really love the berries on.

You want to find a place out of direct sunlight and good loose soil; Make your hardwood cutting about 6 inches long and take 3 inches of leaves off and stick it in the ground.

The trick is covering the cutting with a glass jar; This helps the cutting from drying out

After a month you can remove the jar to see if any new growth has started
Now that, I'd like to try. I definitely want more of the lone Malus coronaria on the property. Obviously, I prefer ore genetic diversity, but until I start seeing seedlings, I'll settle for clones.
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