Tips to Grow Duranta from Cuttings
The question has been asked, can you grow Duranta from cuttings? the answer to that question is Yes. The golden Duranta or golden Dewdrop is a tropical to sub-tropical plant or ornamental shrub which includes about 30 species.
I am from the Caribbean (The Bahamas) and one plant that I often see growing in home gardens, on the grounds of business establishments at our international airport, and even roads ways are the golden Duranta. This garden beauty will complement a wildlife life garden attracting butterflies. Clusters of yellow berries are also produced by the golden Duranta a word of warning, however, these berries are poisonous and if eaten can cause vomiting, nausea, upset stomach, drowsiness, and may cause convulsions.
It’s important to grow this plant where kids and pets cannot come in contact or remove the berries as soon as they are produced. I had written an article something back golden Dewdrop plant care and a recent article about golden Duranta tree pruning. We will however be discussing how to grow Duranta from cuttings?
Propagating Golden Duranta
Propagating or getting cuttings from garden plants is a great way to increase the number of plants in your garden while saving a few dollars which can add up over time. Golden Durantas can be propagated or rooted easily from softwood cuttings, leaf cuttings, and stem cuttings. Duranta cuttings can also be overwintered and set out in the garden the following season when the weather warms up.
When taking cuttings for propagation ensure that the cuttings are healthy and free of disease and insects pests, cuttings that are stressed will be harder to root if it survives. A cutting that’s healthy will have plenty of new growth.
Plant propagating material
Materials you will need to do the job.
- A sharp pruning shares that is in good repair
- 6-inch plant containers
- Plant root tone
- Good potting soil
Softwood cuttings are normally done in the spring when the plant is actively growing or new growth emerges.
1. Cut a piece of softwood at least 6 inches, ensure that there are at least two to three leaves on the cuttings.
2. Remove any fruit or flower from the cutting.
3. Just below where the stem meets prune where the most leaf meets the trim.
4. Cut half of the leaf on each of the leaves’ stems.
5. The part of the stem that’s to where the roots will emerge dip in root tone, root tone can either be powdered, liquid or gel. If using powdered the part of the stem where the roots will emerge should be dipped in water first and then in the root tone.
6. That part that has the root tone gently presses it into the soil and firm the soil around it.
7. Wrap the entire container which includes the cutting in a plastic bag, the top of the plastic bag should be tied without making contact with the cuttings.
8. Place the bag in a warm area that gets indirect sunlight.
9. Every two weeks or thereabout check to see if the cuttings start to root.
10. Once the roots have emerged and developed remove the plastic bag, the plant is ready to be installed outdoors once the weather warms up.
Although leaf cuttings can be done any time of the year for some plants, it’s best to use this method early in the growing season from spring to early summer.
1. Before taking leaves from the parent plant water the plant the day before to ensure that the leaves are filled with water so once the procedure is started the leaves won’t wilt or drop.
2. The leaves that are chosen should be free of disease and insects.
3 Turn the leaf over and on the underside and with a sharp knife cut through some of the main veins.
4. Ensure that the potting medium is moist, place the leaf on the surface of the medium with the top of the leaf in a downward position.
5. To keep the leaf in position use a few small pebbles.
6. Where the veins where plantlets will develop.
7. Remove the new plantlets from the old leaf or parent leaf once the buds had developed shoots.
8. These plantlets can now go into individual containers, these cuttings will require high humidity and bottom heat.
Stem cutting can be taken at any time but the best time is during the bloom period preferable during the summer months.
1. When attempting to propagate by stem cutting use stems that are insect and disease-free.
2. With a hand pruner or sharp knife cut a 3 to 6-inch stem from the newest growth of the parent plant at a 45-degree angle.
3. Each cutting should have at least two or three sets of leaves, each cutting should include a node or a bump from which flowers or leaves will sprout.
4. Remove the leaves from the bottom node, moisten that part in water and apply rooting hormone.
5. The end of the stem which has the root hormone press gently in the container with evenly moist potting soil or medium. Gently press the soil around the stem for firmness.
6. Place the container in indirect sunlight, full sun will have an adverse effect.
7. Ensure that the medium stays moist and not waterlogged.
8. Every two weeks inspect the cuttings for roots and new leaf growth development, if bloom or flower buds develop remove them by pinching. Flowers will divert energy from the roots being developed but new leaves that emerge will encourage root growth, new leaves are a sign that the plant or cutting is developing a strong root system.
The final word on can you grow Duranta from cuttings
The practice of plant propagation is that simple but effective in increasing the number of plants, this is a cheap or inexpensive way to grow your garden. Propagation is a popular method that many garden enthusiasts are taking advantage offer, with this method of gardening you have nothing to lose so give it a try you will be so happy with the results you get, with this type of garden you get the best of both worlds as you save while growing your garden.
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Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.