SOFTWOOD CUTTINGS TAKEN FROM DEVELOPING HARDWOOD CUTTINGS
T. Murray Alward
The rooting of softwood cuttings from hardwoods began at Riverbend Farms in December, 1980, in a 96 × 27 ft. double polyhouse. We use a hot-water boiler for heating our benches with wood from our farm as the main fuel source. The heated benches are located in the front half of the polyhouse and are used for propagating evergreen cuttings and grafting. The space at the back of the polyhouse on the floor is reserved for propagating deciduous hardwood cuttings. Two additional polyhouses supply further space and storage for pot liners.
In December, 1980, I utilized the space past the heated benches to stick hardwood cuttings in flats, as listed in Table 1. The cuttings were approximately 4 to 5 in. and the media, our favourite, was a 6 sand, 4 peat, 3 perlite, mixture.
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