Ilex aquifolium 'Big Bull'

Discussion in 'Plant Propagation' started by GRSJr, Sep 1, 2005.

  1. GRSJr

    GRSJr Active Member 10 Years

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    I've propagated Ilex aquifolium by stem cuttings many times, but this one has me stumped. I've tried several times in fall, winter, and even spring, all to no avail.

    I've used wounding both heavy and light, IBA, Rootone, Dip&Grow, you name it. But, this guy just doesn't want to go.

    I'd forget it, because the plant doesn't have a great habit, but it really is a great polinator. I have a few friends that would like rooted cuttings.

    Your suggestions will be appreciated.

    Ray Stilwell
     
  2. Ralph Walton

    Ralph Walton Active Member 10 Years

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    Try grafting it. If that is successful and the characteristics you want are expressed, then voila! you're done. If it takes but you are not quite happy with it, bury the graft union and check for scion rooting after a season, then prune off the rootstock above the graft.

    Ralph
     
  3. GRSJr

    GRSJr Active Member 10 Years

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    Great idea Ralph. Thanks.
     

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