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Climbing cuttings

Updated: Apr 29, 2021

Today I’m learning from my mistake from last year. I’m taking Dactylicapnos ventii cuttings making sure I have three nodes on the cuttings, the bottom for rooting, the middle for shooting and the top for bushing out. Last year I just took them to what length I felt right as usually it’s nice to get three nodes but if it’s too long I didn’t bother but that then prevented me from being able to bury the cutting once I potted it up which I know find is paramount to making a strong plant, here is one I didn’t bury:

Pitiful. It might eventually be able to reshoot from the rootstock but in the mean time you have to be very gentle with it as any growth on it can be snapped off easily. Here’s one I was able to bury to the second node:

The same batch and this one has 4-5 shoots from the base so I don’t have to worry about it.

I used my little snips to take the cuttings as they are delicate and sharp to easily take out bottom half of the cuttings shoots and climbing tendrils.

I think this should be done with all climbers like this, Passiflora, Clematis and Aristolochia being some examples.

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