Mike Haych

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Eastern Canada, Zone 5a
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I use 3 1/8" deep cells (1801 tray inserts) filled with Pro-Mix BX but a 3:1 perlite to peat moss mix would work just as well.  I use a tall humidity dome and keep them really well watered.  With the perlite, they won't be waterlogged and rot. I insert the cuttings vertically with the top exposed. The first growth I see is usually callusing which then produces leaves. Sometimes I see green growth from the other buried end. My grow lights are just above the humidity dome.

To stimulate root growth, I water with a liquid fertilizer with a high phosphorous number 9-45-9, micronutrients and seaweed.  I also use it as a foliar feed.

I get around 100% of my root cutting to turn into plants.

I want really good root development (it will be fibrous rather than woody) to I let the plants get pot bound.  If the top growth gets to be a jungle, I'll cut back the leaves to an inch or two. They resprout very quickly.

When I plant out, I wound the roots and correct the pot bound growth by slicing a cross about 1/2" deep across the bottom of the root mass.
2 weeks ago

Jerome Lee wrote:What are the advantages of crown over root cuttings? You mention that root cuttings takes more work on our end. How so?

Crowns already have leaves and fibrous roots.  They are essentially very small comfrey plants.  If I send someone 10 crowns and they follow the instructions that I provide, they should have 10 plants to plant out.  To get a root cutting to a ready-to-plant-out plant requires more time, attention, and knowledge to get a 100% success rate.  Or you can stick the cuttings in the ground and take your chances.  If you already have established plants and want more, the second random approach will work even if it's not a 100% success rate.  If you don't have plants and are trying to establish a good size planting, then the second random approach is not the way to go.

I start my crowns from 1" cuttings in 18 cell flats under high humidity domes under grow lights. This year I've gone to 50 deep-cell flats which will produce even more root mass. I use liquid fertilizers to boost root growth and then liquid fertilizers to boost leaf growth. I get 100% success rates.  Could one get 100% success without doing this?  Maybe. Perhaps. But why fiddle with what works? LOL


Andre Dewalski wrote:Will you have any 1.5 inch pieces available again this year?

Please email me at the address in my profile - https://permies.com/u/155880/Mike-Haych
                                                                                            >>>>>>TAKING ORDERS NOW<<<<<<

I don't usually post about taking orders until the spring but I've already started receiving orders. So rather than disappoint people be being sold out early, I figured that I should post that I'm taking orders now and people can plan accordingly.

I'm offering rooted Bocking 4 and Bocking 14 cuttings again for 2019 delivery. All plants are inoculated with mycorrhizal fungi. You all receive instructions on how to get the plants to recover quickly from the shipping shock.

The price is unchanged at $4.00/plant + Xpresspost shipping. I ship by Xpresspost bubble mailer on Mondays only which means that you'll have the plants in 3 days or less depending on where you live and avoid weekending in the post-office.

Payment is by Paypal or Interac.

eMail me at the address in my profile.  Please do not PM me as I have problems getting PM notifications and you may not get a response.

Andre Dewalski wrote:

Mike Haych wrote:Due to someone backing out of an order, I still have plants available.  

Hi Mike I sent you a message a couple months back but I don't think you got it. Do you have an email i could talk to you over? I would like to  buy some

Shoulda emailed me.  I don't why but I get notice PMs here erratically.  I've responded to your PM.

Due to someone backing out of an order, I still have plants available.  

dirk maes wrote:I've started 20 years with 2 plant, bought at Haeberli, a Swiss nurserie . Both Lonicera kamtschatika,  Amur and Maitop. My soil is sandy and a bit dry. I only mulch with grass cuttings. I have always had fruits but they where on the small side. 5 years ago I bought a new plant. No idea what origin but blooms 2 weeks later en does not grow that high only 1 meter, as the other haskaps grow easily 2 meter. Since then the harvest is steadily increasing as is fruit-size. For me its a good early fruit crop , starting early May,  with more aroma then sugar. Very few diseases but droughts are not always endured.

Sounds like Amur and Maitop are related, hence the low yield, and that the new plant is unrelated, hence the much improved yield.

I would highly recommend Aurora from the University of Saskatchewan. It's vastly superior to Borealis, Tundra, Honeybee, Indigo Gem, Indigo Treat and Indigo Yum. Aurora is truly sweet not sweet-tart or tart- sweet. And the fruit size is much larger - consistently 3.2 cm.

Some exporters to Europe - Haskap Central, Lovehoneyberry who has a European phone +44 7747 738364, FloraMaxx Technologies and Prairie Plant Systems now Prairie Plant Fruit Trees. I'm not sure about the last one because their website is in transition.
6 months ago