Growing a Rhododendron from a Cutting

How long from planting a cutting till it flowers?

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August 28, 20180 found this helpful

Growing Rhododendron from a Cutting

Step 1
Cut the rhododendron at an angle.

Step 2
Put the stem into water.

Step 3
Change water every couple of days.

Step 4
When roots start to form, coat roots in rooting hormone and plant in a potting mix. Use a peat pot, as this can be planted in the ground.

Step 5
Plant in the ground. Fall is the best time. Make an X in the bottom of the peat pot and plant.

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May 13, 20190 found this helpful

Does this method actually work? Everyone else has more complex instructions for starting Rhodes.

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August 28, 20180 found this helpful

These are complicated to start from cuttings...or maybe it's me, as I have had no luck. There are tons of articles on the art of rooting and grafting, with this being the most comprehensive:

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www.rhododendron.org/propagation.htm

This article doesn't say how long until they flower. Other sources I have read say 2 or more years. I am with you in that I hope to learn more from this post!

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August 30, 20180 found this helpful

No, it's not you. Rhodys are difficult to root, I have successfully rooted them. It takes a long time and it isn't easy for the average gardener without commercial means.

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August 30, 20180 found this helpful

Thanks! I don't feel so bad then. I would love to have had a second one in my lower back yard. I try to keep my plants in twos. The rhododendron that came with the yard was a single and it's lack of a pair symmetry has always flummoxed me! I am frugal and stubborn, so I would never just buy one. Most everything else I have rooted or seeded thrived! So I finally just gave up and enjoy my one only for her unique beauty! Sigh...

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August 28, 20180 found this helpful

It usually takes 2 to 3 years for it to mature !!

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August 30, 20180 found this helpful

Rhododendrons are fairly difficult to root. One of the best methods is to air layer a lower limb. You can find several directions on the Internet, both for layering an above ground stem as well as burying a lower limb in the ground.

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It is too late in the season to attempt rooting them now as it should be done in late spring. Two years is a good wait time for blooms, although some might bloom the first year. Some varieties root better than others. If you know your variety, you can speak with your local county extension agent about the best way to root your plant.

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