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Propogating new trees from an existing Portulacaria afra/elephant bush

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Post  domhatch_za Mon Oct 11, 2021 12:34 pm

Hi, newbie to the forum here.

Good to make everyone's acquaintance! I'd really like some advice on whether there should be a different approach to propagating new (full size) trees vs cuttings for new bonsai.

I have a fairly good idea how to go about taking the cuttings. I guess it's just what approach to take with the cuttings once they've been, er, taken.

Many thanks in advance
Dom

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Post  Marty Weiser Thu Oct 14, 2021 3:31 am

Let the cuttings dry for a day or two. Dip in rooting hormone if you have it, but it is probably not necessary. Plant in a well draining media like you use for the main plant and water when it starts to dry out. Do not keep it too damp since that can cause rot. Supposed to be one of the easiest succulents to propagate.

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Post  domhatch_za Thu Oct 14, 2021 9:35 am

Marty Weiser wrote:Let the cuttings dry for a day or two. Dip in rooting hormone if you have it, but it is probably not necessary. Plant in a well draining media like you use for the main plant and water when it starts to dry out. Do not keep it too damp since that can cause rot. Supposed to be one of the easiest succulents to propagate.

Hi Marty, and thanks
This is pretty much the direction I'll be taking to propagate the new bonsai from the existing one. Just wondering if there's anything substantially different I should be doing to grow new full-size trees. (A different growing medium once they've rooted perhaps?)

I want to create a bonsai forest, and then a few full size trees for the garden. I realise it will take a good few years for the bonsai and even longer for the trees for the garden to be ready, but, hey. This is not exactly a short-term hobby, is it? Very Happy

Thanks again for your reply
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