crape myrtle cuttings

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Post  arvlanch on Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:52 pm

Hi, I'm new to the forum, but not all that new to bonsai.
I'm wondering if you take a cutting from a crape myrtle
do you start it in water or soil or a combination?
I LOVED the photos Jim put up of his road side crape myrtle!
Arv

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Post  JimLewis on Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:20 pm

I'd use rooting hormone (Rootone, in the USA) and root in bonsai soil. You should get near 100%.

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Post  AdamDunham on Sat Aug 04, 2012 3:25 am

I have great success with crape cuttings. I usually take them in June, and I have had some excellent survival rates. I have taken cuttings as almost as small as a paper clip, and end up with something a little fatter than a pencil by the 2nd year. I'll post some pics later. I use the Faffard 3b mix and have had excellent results. The root system by the time spring gets around is bigger than you might think. I usually do protect the cuttings in an unheated shelter in Winter, and haven't lost a single one by the time spring rolls around. I also use a rooting hormone like Jim.

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Post  bumblebee on Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:26 pm

Jim,
How fat can the cuttings be and still root?

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Post  JimLewis on Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:51 pm

I've rooted some as big around as my thumb. You probably could go larger, but I specialize in tiny trees.

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Post  bucknbonsai on Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:41 am

I collected a giant crepe myrtle a couple years ago, and moved it to a growing bed. Then, In early june this year i defoliated it and cut it from 12 feet tall down to about 3 feet tall, producing 4 cuttings that were all bigger than a soda can and about 2 feet long (basically like firewood). I left just a couple leaves on each one, and i believe one of them had no leaves. I planted them in perlite/vermiculite mixture in the shade. Here it is 2 months later and all 4 are growing like crazy. I was shocked, I only though ficus and willows root that easy.

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