An interesting Azalea root cutting

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An interesting Azalea root cutting

Post  daudelus on Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:03 pm

I happened upon a person who had recently dug three azaleas from his yard, so of course, I snagged them... The three main plants were put quickly into the ground to minimize stress until next year or the year after. I did, however discover this interesting root (looks like it had layered itself) and I cut it off to pot up... It looks like it could be a nice shohin size tree if it makes it. I give it about a 10% chance of popping any buds this fall or ever... Am I even being optimistic with 10%? Either way, I thought it was worth the try...I love the gnarled root/trunk and there is already some interesting root flare... What do you think?

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Re: An interesting Azalea root cutting

Post  Kev Bailey on Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:28 pm

Great potential and I'd say 50-50 odds. They are a basally dominant species and I've seen them regenerate, from a snapped off trunk base, when builders carelessly placed ladders to decorate a house. Is it in a pot barely larger than the rootball, in an ericaceous mix? Keep giving it the very best care and good luck.

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Re: An interesting Azalea root cutting

Post  daudelus on Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:05 pm

I potted it up in a pot with a centimeter to spare around the diameter and maybe 2 inches under the bottom of the rootball. It's in a mix of about 60/20/20 of pumice, turface and peat moss. The root ball was comparable to a rock Smile

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Re: An interesting Azalea root cutting

Post  KennedyMarx on Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:46 pm

Hope it makes it. It'll make a cool bonsai.

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Re: An interesting Azalea root cutting

Post  daudelus on Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:12 pm

Nothing yet, but I increase my chances with a late warm and humid spell in my area, which seems to be predicted for at least another week...

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Re: An interesting Azalea root cutting

Post  JimLewis on Fri Sep 05, 2014 1:19 pm

I suspect it will sprout, but maybe not until spring, and then the shoots will be mostly from the base and not the "trunk."

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Re: An interesting Azalea root cutting

Post  leatherback on Sun Sep 28, 2014 9:29 am

Any green on this one yet?

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Re: An interesting Azalea root cutting

Post  daudelus on Sun Sep 28, 2014 12:20 pm

Disappointingly no... Especially considering the lengthy warm weather we've had in September... I'll keep it around though just in case.

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