Beech cuttings?

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Beech cuttings?

Post  AlainK on Sat Aug 28, 2010 11:26 am

Hello,

I went to some friends' new house yesterday, and they have a 6-m long hedge made of Fagus sylvatica 'Asplenifolia', fern-leafed beech.

Beech is very rare around here, except in some parks, and I had never seen this cultivar before.

Air-layering is out of the question, i can't ask them to watch after it, so i was wondering if cuttings are possible with beech, when, and if there are specific tips to propagate this tree.

As a stand-alone tree in a garden, it must be beautiful, and the shape of the leaves might make it an interesting candidate for a large-size bonsai I think...

So any advice on cuttings from this species will be welcome. Wink

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Re: Beech cuttings?

Post  Kev Bailey on Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:24 pm

This variety is primarily grown by grafting. Kew gardens says "Although rarely used, cuttings from newly emerged shoots can be easily rooted under mist."

Wish I had a mist propagation setup! Wink

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Re: Beech cuttings?

Post  AlainK on Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:58 pm

Kev Bailey wrote:This variety is primarily grown by grafting. Kew gardens says "Although rarely used, cuttings from newly emerged shoots can be easily rooted under mist."

Wish I had a mist propagation setup! Wink

So do I!... I have over a dozen Japanese maple cultivars that I'd really like to clone Wink

On a French forum, someone suggested an approach graft on a common beech planted in a pot at the bottom of the hedge. This seems an interesting option too because if the soil retains enough water, it is much less trouble.

If I can, I'll try both methods I think.

Thanks for your input, Kev.

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Re: Beech cuttings?

Post  Kev Bailey on Sat Aug 28, 2010 6:09 pm

On a French forum, someone suggested an approach graft on a common beech planted in a pot at the bottom of the hedge.

I think that is a very good suggestion and the surest option, Alain.

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