Can I Start a Rhododendron from a Cutting?

I love the rhododendrons in this area. Can I start a plant from a cutting? If so how? thank you

Hardiness Zone: 9a

By Carole from Del Norte Co., CA

May 26, 20101 found this helpful

Step 1 Prepare a pot or planting container by filling it with a 50/50 mixture of perlite and peat moss. Then poke a hole in the peat moss mixture for the cutting using a pencil.

Step 2 Remove the leaves from the bottom two-thirds of the cutting, leaving at least four leaves on the cutting.

Step 3 Strip away the thin outer layer or bark of the cutting on one side starting at about 1/2-inch above the bottom and continuing all the way down so that the inner layers are expose on one side. This will help the roots form.

Step 4 Dip the end of the cutting into root growth hormone, making sure to cover the area that you stripped away.

Step 5 Poke the cutting into the pot, with the cut end down, so that it stands straight up.

Step 6 Water the cutting thoroughly.

You can also use sand to root flowers in.

Keep damp. Good luck.

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June 6, 20100 found this helpful

Thank you very much. I am going to try that. wish me luck, carole

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