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Starting Rhododendrons from Cuttings?

I have question about my cutting from a rhododendron plant that I started my cutting from. My plant is in a plastic tray. After a few weeks the plant started to die, due to fungus in the soil. I used potting soil. What month is best to take a cutting? Do you cut from the brown part of the stem or only cut from the green part? Is there a rhododendron club I can join?

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March 23, 20200 found this helpful

This might be a useful resource: www.rhododendron.org/propagation.htm

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March 24, 20200 found this helpful

There are several sites that can help - homeguides.sfgate.com/start-rhododendrons-cuttings-44095...

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March 25, 20200 found this helpful

I plant a lot of plants from cuttings. Normally you need the lower end of the stem to staart your new plant. You scrape a small amount off the bottom of the stem and either use soil or a foam to plant the plant with. I normally do not grow my plants in trays because they are rather small and like you said can get a fungus.

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I use planting soil and a pot to start my plants with. it normally takes 10 to 14 days for me to see the leaves starting to grow again and the roots statring to grow from the stem. You normally can grow plants year round you just need to protect them if you live in a very cold climate.

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March 31, 20200 found this helpful

Rhododendrons can be temperamental. Plastic is always bad because will be source of fungus infections. It's always best to go with natural materials. And always disinfect all your mtaerials, pots, when you start.

Also sometimes even if you do well, sometimes you just get unlucky.

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