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Old 12-24-2007, 11:48 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Default Re: Rooting plants from cuttings . . .

Cookie . . . You got me in a pinch there. My experience is almost completely with tropicals. I root any time of year, any plant. Little experience I have with temperate climate plants is that of cource they will root from active groth vegetation, and I would think better than from dormant.

Once the plant has had its system shut down from cold I would think dormant branches would respond to rooting as if they had just discouvered Springtime ! An important reason for leaving "just a little foliage" on the cuttings is that some limmited transpiration keeps the cutting alive untill rooting can support it. With dormant cuttings, I think you may have to allow the normal seasonal rest befor it will respond to new groth ?

If I were in your spot, I would at leat experiment during the winter and if your "sample" cuttings do not root . . . and if they do, then you are months ahead of Nature !! Try with a dormant specie that you know you can root in springtime like Juniper, Viburnum, Forsythia, etc. That way if they do not root, then your question is answered.
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