PROPAGATION OF DAPHNE ODORA
Kenny Lane Nurseries specialise in the wholesale production of rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas, conifers, and daphnes. Approximately 10% of the total cutting production is in daphnes. This represents an annual production of 50,000 daphne cuttings per year. Of these 20,000 are grown-on at the nursery and the remainder are distributed to other wholesalers.
The stock plants are grown in a red clay loam soil at the nursery at a spacing of 1 foot between the rows and the plants. This is now thought to be inadequate; ideally the spacing should be 2 ft in each case. The stock plants are fertilized each spring with Nitrophoska "slow release" (15·4·12) which is broadcast around the plants at the rate of 1 kg per 4 square metres. In summer the plants are given a further dressing of sodium nitrate at the same rate.
The first cuttings are normally taken at the beginning of December (early summer) according to their hardness. Most of the cuttings are taken from the tips
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