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by frustratedattimes on June 22, 2004 03:33 AM
It rained very heavily this afternoon. One of my crepe myrtles in full bloom broke at the fork. It is a young plant only 2 or 3 yrs old. I propped up the one part that stayed attached to the trunk. The other part I cut all the blooms off of it, dunked it in some root juice and stuck it back in the ground. Did I do a good thing and maybe get another myrtle out of it??? Or am I just wasting my time???

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by obywan59 on June 22, 2004 06:18 AM
The information I have says that crape myrtles are easily propagated by hardwood cuttings planted in early spring. It might be a little late, but to increase the chances, try planting it right next to the foundation on the north side of your house, (cooler and moister) cutting off most of the growth, (you don't want too many leaves on a "cutting") Also, try "wounding" the stem near the base. Take a knife and scrape a strip of bark off on one side. Then dip it in rooting hormone again. This "wound" will tend to callous up first and roots will form in the callous. Also, make a clean cut at the base of the stem if you haven't already, and use rooting hormone on that also. Don't leave a jagged end.

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by frustratedattimes on June 22, 2004 07:52 PM
thanks for the info, will give it a shot. I also drove stakes and propped up all my other crepe myrtles today as well, do not want a repeat performance with more thunderstorms on the way.

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I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I expect the same from them." John Wayne
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by frustratedattimes on July 08, 2004 02:56 AM
Ok, here is an obviously dumb question.
How long before I know if the cuttings took root??????????? [Confused]

Also, I took some cuttings from a yellow butterfly bush along the road, and stuck them in the ground after treating them with root hormone, how long till I know with these??????

[dunno]

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