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corco2000
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:24 pm    Post subject: Increasing stock Reply with quote

Hi all, I am looking for some advice on increasing my shrub stock(actually I have very little to start with) mainly hedging. I have taken soft wood cutting last spring that did very well in individual pots. At the the moment I am taking hardwood cuttings. I have build a deep bed of sand and lite soil. I just stuck them in and threw a fleece over the bed. Is this correct?
I was wondering really how nurseries grow all their hedging stock?Like beech, laurel, privet etc...
Do you think it would be worth my while building a polytunnel for propagation?
My aim really is to develop hundreds of plants as quickly as possible.
Any advice really appreciated please.Paul
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want to start from scratch hardwood cuttings would be the easiest. If you are going to take softwood cuttings it would be best to construct A misting system with bottom heat.
Check this out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7roZsfxmplI&feature=related or this may be better http://www.lbsbuyersguide.co.uk/aquamatic-irrigation/misting-propagation/mist-propagation-system.html

good luck
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the reply and link. I have taken hundreds of hardwood cuttings. So fingers crossed. I will continue on with softwood this spring. Thanks again
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well an update a year later. 90% of hardwood cutting rooted. It's so easy. I am digging them up of nursery bed and planting in final spot.
I did mostly flowering/fruit currant, laurel, spirea, fuscia and some popular.
I also went abit crazy on the soft wood cuttings in spring with massive success. I filled plastic trays(the ones you get from back of supermarkets) with compost and stuuck 50-100 cuttings then covered with plastic bag. I then placed them on window sills/ cold frame or north side of house. I found you have to keep an eye on them, and regularly spray water on them. Good thing about these trays is you can stack them.

It is time consuming but very easy and the result is 100's of free plants that I am now filling the garden with.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done if you have large quantities of unusual stuff you could sell them onto nurseries as liners even if you got 20cent per liner it would pay for pots and compost. try Clematis armandii difficult to root without bottom heat.
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