Has anyone grown your own trees/bushes.

Discussion in 'Nurseries and Growers' started by dKoester, Jun 24, 2006.

  1. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
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    Trimming Boxwoods is very simple. Once these cuttings take root they begin to shoot out new buds which turn into stems after they harden off a bit. Trim these with scissors or garden sheers. Shaping the bush is the goal. Take 1/3 of the shoots off after the harden off. Fertilize 2-3 times a year (Osmocote works great).
     
  2. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
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    You can achieve different size grades (3 and 5 gallon by using more cuttings per pot. For 3 gallon containers I use 3-4 stems in the center of the pot spaced in a triangle or box 3-4 inches apart. For 5 gallon containers use 5 in a star pattern space 4-5 inches apart.
     
  3. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
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    3 years may sound loke a lot of time but once your plants start growing it is not slow. Take care of them if you'll have a cold winter by insulating them with mulch, straw or just use a greenhouse. I've been using the cuttings off my new plants to make new plants. Take cuttings as frequent as possible for new plants because at the end of three years you will have to start over if you don't. We are constantly taking cuttings.
     
  4. rodneyskip

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    Just west of Bowling Green.

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  5. Branchland

    Branchland LawnSite Senior Member
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    How about some info on leylands and 'green giants' ? Do you grow these and can you tell me how? These are some I'd like to grow on my own. I sell the most of these and haved saved my pots just so I can start my own.
     
  6. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
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    With Leylands you can take a cutting 14 inches or so insert it into 4-5 inches of a peat vermiculite/ sand mixture. You will need to build a propagation tunnel to hold the humidity very high. If these begin to dry out any due to the lack of humidity they are dead. Must keep a constant humidity inside the propagation tunnel. These grow fast.
     
  7. allinearth

    allinearth LawnSite Senior Member
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    What time of year is best for leyland and arb? Anyone have any hints for crape myrtle?
     

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