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What do I do with Gardenia bush cuttings?
« on: April 08, 2011, 10:04:13 PM »

I busted a couple small branches off my DIL's Gardenia bush & am not sure what to do with them.  I did read the topic Peggy posted about cuttings, but I'm not sure if I should go by the hard or soft wood cutting directions.

           
I think I know that the end of the one branch that's split, won't make roots.

The branches do have several nodes, so I'm thinking about maybe sticking a couple of them in water & another couple in soil. 
Do I want to use a root toner?
Should I cut the pieces at an angle, or straight across? :dunno: 
What about the ones I put in water... should I change the water every few days & do I need to put anything special in the water?  :scratchhead: 
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Re: What do I do with Gardenia bush cuttings?
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2011, 03:17:57 PM »

Patty,

The picture makes the cuttings look like they'd be hardwood cuttings to me. 
The one with the split needed to be recut at a node. & Yes, you want to use root toner.
Far as the cuts go, it depends on the type of cuttings you are making. 

It's been awhile now though, are you seeing anything yet?? Peg
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Re: What do I do with Gardenia bush cuttings?
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2011, 10:47:40 PM »

Well, I actually haven't done much with them yet, other than to make a clean cut on the one branch that was split, & I made a 3rd cutting from a branch growing off to the side of one of them.  They've been growing new little leaves right along & are even sprouting little flower buds now :yikes: ...but they're still just sitting in the water... with NO roots! :scratchhead:

At this point, I'm thinking that if I put them in the ground, they're gonna shock.  (I should have planted them while all the rain was still falling... which isn't going to happen this weekend.)  Since I hear that it will probably cloud over & rain again next week, I'll find a place to plant them on Monday & hope they'll do ok.

Wish me luck! :whistle: 

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Re: What do I do with Gardenia bush cuttings?
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2011, 02:56:34 PM »

Been doing some research. It seems as if Gardenia might do better with tip cuttings.  :(

I've never grown them myself.  I could only look at the wood and think of what would do best with what you had.

You *might* have to start all over again! 

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