Hi I'd like to try my hand out at rooting some cuttings, so if you have any cuttings from your tridents that you're not going to use, I'd like a couple. Anything from pencil size up would be great.
That and to root cuttings you will pretty much have to be there when they are cut off the donor, prep, plant, and wait for roots to grow. So find someone doing some pruning and get the scraps. Any clubs you can hook up with??
Just to let you know cuttings from Maples are one of the hardest to root.
I also disagree. I get 100% on Tridant maple cuttings up to 1/2 inch. And, they can be sent over distances with no real problem. It's best to wrap the cut base in wet tissue and plastic wrap, but if thet's not possible, simply cut 1/8 inch off the bottom of the scion when you get it, dip the cutting in powdered hormone and plant.
That said, air layers let you make larger trees sooner.
I understand... I'm just an airlayering fool. 19 just on Acer B in the yard this year.Thanks Ken. Lots of useful information. Some of those cuttings looked pretty substantial.. I'll try some bigger ones too.
Shima, I'm bothering with them because they seem like cheap and useful material for a forest planting. And if I get some bigger ones they seem like they would have better than typical nebari for shohin material. Plus most of my seedlings get planted out in a big plot for later use. In a few year I won't have to bother with cutting either. (but I probably will)
I hear this a lot "why would any one bother doing cuttings?". I am 61 years old and I know I will never see any of my cutting developed into show Bonsai but that's not the point. It's a kick making or working on material that I grew from seed or cuttings. Each spring when I go out to see and watch each little plant to see if it is going to pull out of it's dormancy. Seeing it get it's new leaves and wiring it for the first time. It's a real since of accomplishment. And you learn a lot about the species you are working with. It's the same felling as what you get when you do a graft and it takes and you have for instance turned a procumbens into a shimpaku. Not in the literal since of course.