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rooting a tree collard cutting

 
Meryt Helmer
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I just got a tree collard cutting! my husband got it on his way home from a master gardener class he is taking. we found someone in the area that had tree collards and could give me a cutting for free. now that I have it I am realizing I am not sure what the best way to root it is. I mean some things root best in soil and some in water and some things I root in vermiculite. Can anyone tell me how best to root my tree collard cutting? I don't have any rooting hormone. I have never used it.
 
M.K. Dorje Jr.
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Bountiful Gardens has an excellent page devoted to growing Tree Collards:

http://www.bountifulgardens.org/products.asp?dept=141

If you scroll down to the bottom, there are links to a youtube video and a factsheet on how to grow them from cuttings. I love my Tree Collards! Good luck!
 
Meryt Helmer
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awesome! thank you. I am planning to try and order more cuttings from bountiful gardens in may.
 
brad millar
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I did 10 cuttings a few months ago from my purple tree collard. I placed them in pots with good potting soil and kept them wet. (just like in the article from the post above) 8 out of 10 rooted successfully.
 
Meryt Helmer
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right now i only have 1 cutting so I really hope it roots. bountiful gardens put me on their list of people to email when they sell cuttings again so hopefully i will soon have more.

thank you for the help.
 
M.K. Dorje Jr.
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I'm glad to be of help. Tree Collards are excellent plants for permaculture, as they are extremely nutritious and are easy to grow once they get established. I grow a different variety that I started from seeds that I got about ten years ago from a now defunct local seed company. My elderly Tree Collards did not survive the deep freeze very well (most of their branches died back), so I started some new plants a couple months ago from the 10 year old seeds. About a third of the seeds germinated and the young plants are doing fine. I'll try to save seeds when my new plants flower- probably 2-4 years from now.
 
Meryt Helmer
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I got an email last night from my local listserve where I asked about cuttings and now I will have more cuttings soon! and today my husband when grocery shopping and our fairly mainstream local grocery store actually had "tree collards" in the organic produce section. our grocery store has as much organic produce as none and most of the organic produce says it is grown locally. I have never seen tree collard leaves in a store. I thought that was so neat.
 
luke allen
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We have a new Website up at Bountifulgardens.org
and the tree collards are now at Tree Collard Cuttings
 
Luke Perkins
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Here's a video my partner and I put together on rooting tree collards. We have cuttings of tree collards for sale here.


 
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