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Don Dunn

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Shimpaku cuttings
« on: May 07, 2013, 12:00 AM »
I'm trying a  different method for cuttings. I've never tried Shimpaku Junipers before but from what I hear they are very easy.
I saw where a fellow had cut the top off of a 2 liter coke bottle and put it over a pot to create a little green house. I figured I could just use the bottom of the  bottle and so I tried it today. I just cut the bottle in half and made a little slit in the lower edge of the top piece to allow it to slide over the bottom. Made some drainage holes in the bottom with a hot screw driver, planted in sand and perlite,watered and you have an instant green house.

Can some one tell me how long Shimpaku's generally  take to root?


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Re: Shimpaku cuttings
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2013, 10:49 AM »
Nice idea! However, I might be worried that it will stay too wet in there, however it may work fine.  Shimpaku is seriously super easy to take cuttings.  If you want to make sure you have cuttings next year, I would take more use rooting hormone and put them in soil and under your bench so they get partial sun/shade.  Just stick several cuttings in one pot, maybe a bulb pan or something.  You don't need a greenhouse for Shimpaku cuttings.  Also I would recommend not repotting or really touching them for at least 1 full year.  After 1-3 years you can transplant them and you will defintely have roots. just Water them under your bench when needed. 



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Re: Shimpaku cuttings
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2013, 11:53 AM »
Gaffer. I take my juny cuttings in aug. soil nice and worm. Leave one full year and plant out in garden in sept. I have 70 percent success . It is a slow process. With juny I like to air layer them. You can layer large  any size really and within one year you can have a nice trunk. With the piece you are layering  you can even start working on it while you are layering it. Way faster, better for nabari,  and saves 10years of care.