Trident Maple cuttings

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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.

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Mike
 

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Just to let you know cuttings from Maples are one of the hardest to root. That being said its better to propagate tridents through air layering Grafting and seeds. Not to say it cant be done, you just one of the most difficult.

I have a Trident in my front yard that spews out seeds every year. I try to clean up all the seeds but there's so many its impossible. I always end up pulling at least 50 miscellaneous seedlings out of my garden and around the yard afterward. I might collect some this year when they fall (in early summer) and post a thread for people to send me pre-paid self addressed envelopes for free seeds, but it depends on how much time I have and feel like putting into it at the time.

There is also someone currently selling seedling under 'Tree Selling' right now.

-Mike
 
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excellent, thank you. I've heard otherwise regarding the rooting of cuttings, but you ask 10 people the same question and you get 10 completely different answers right?

I'll keep my eye out for seedlings there. Thanks
 

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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??
 

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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??
Clubs in the area... Yes, but I've not been to any meetings or made contact. I have found seedlings, so I will be using those instead. Thanks for the help and info.
 
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Just to let you know cuttings from Maples are one of the hardest to root.
I completly disagree. A. palmatum cuttings are really easy to root even without hormone. Just cut them in june, protect them from the sun in a well lighted place with 100% humidity and wait.
Trident cuttings are even more easy, I have rooted hardwood cuttings with diameter up to 2 cm without any special apparatus like heating tables.
 

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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.
 

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"I completly disagree. A. palmatum cuttings are really easy to root even without hormone. Just cut them in june, protect them from the sun in a well lighted place with 100% humidity and wait."

I guess I was doing something wrong last year??:(
 

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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.
Hey this is inspiring. I'm going to try this this year. When did you take the cuttings? Any bottom heat? Did you worry about them over the winter?
 

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"That said, air layers let you make larger trees sooner. " Right...I don't know why anyone bothers with cuttings with Acer B
 

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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)
 

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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 understand... I'm just an airlayering fool. :rolleyes: 19 just on Acer B in the yard this year.
 

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just for the fun of it

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. :cool:
 

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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. :cool:

That and we're cheap old B@$t@r#s that can;t bear to throw anything away! :cool:
 
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