Any advice on doing a late summer pruning of some of my Hardy and my Fuzzy Kiwi? I want to try to grow some cuttings over the fall and think I should have 6 weeks before the first hard frost.
I am building a misting bench for my shaded greenhouse and have some Vermiculite and Perlite for the media. I am thinking of doing a mist spray of 5 seconds every 10 minutes for 24 hours a day.
The bench is self draining since it has hardware cloth and landscaping cloth under the media. I can bring them into the house and put under grow lights before the first heavy frost.
I will strip all the leaves except one at the top and cut it in half. I will scrap the bark off around 1/2 inch at the base and apply rooting hormone before sticking the vines into the media. I will use little peat cups to hold the plants and for relocating inside.
Any update on your kiwi cuttings, Dennis? I am planning to do the same and wondered if the natural method of using cinnamon or honey works as an alternative to rooting hormone. I would think that these act as natural antibiotics rather than rooting hormones though. I don't have access to willow in my area.
Location: Huntsville Alabama (North Alabama)
posted 4 months ago
I started with 9 cuttings and still have 7 going strong. Some have new leaves and others have the original leaves. I started them on September 4th and I will investigate them next weekend for evidence of roots. I think they will be ready to go on to compost dirt mix soon. I will bring them inside over the winter to let them continue to grow.
I used a commercial rooting hormone I bought at a localseed store. Never used cinnamon or honey.
SOme people can get away with just putting the cuttings in water for a month or two. That might work for you if you have a lot of cuttings. I might try that as an experiment since it is getting fall and the plants will soon go dormant. I have some new shoots that look like some good possibilities.
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