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How to root woody viburnum. Answered

I have a favorite viburnum that I'd like to root. I've used rooting powder and loose soil but I haven't succeded. Can this plant be rooted from a cutting?Thanks,Tim?

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x7c00 (author)2011-12-23

Thank you both. The other 2 times I tried this I kept the cutting in water for a few days until I had the time to plant them. I then dipped them in rooting powder - not sure why. I then put them in a pot with soil mixed with pearlite.
the plants just died a slow death. I kept them wet but not humidified. It's late December in Southeastern PA. My house is fairly old and cold. I just got 2 new cuttings the other day. It's the last time I'll be able to get the cuttings because the bush is located near the office of a customer and they just moved this week to another location. I hope I can root these cuttings. This is the most unusual and beautiful Viburnum I've ever seen.
How small shall I make the cuttings? The ones I have now a about 5-6 inches long with 2-3 large leaves on each. I've seen people cut the leaves down by half. I wonder if this will help.
Thank you,

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Burf (author)2011-12-22

Sure you can. I haven't specifically done viburnum but I have done pomegranate, black walnut and willow.
I tried numerous times without success until I talked to an arborist at the state university. His advice was to use a good potting soil, small pots with no more than two cuttings, and most critically, keep the cutting in an area of high humidity until well rooted.
I used several 2 liter soda bottles, cut the top off, removed the label and set one each over several small clay pots with a cutting, mimicking a small greenhouse. Keep the plants well watered in a pot with good drainage.
After about 45 days, they should have a well developed, healthy root system.

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mole1 (author)2011-12-22


Most plants can be rooted from cuttings. This site has good information and gets into specifics. There are a lot of variables to consider including time of year for the plant and where you are in terms of temperature, exposure, and humidity. Do you know what happened to your earlier cuttings? Did they dry up or get moldy? Some woody plants will take the better part of a year to root.

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