|How to propagate Choisya ternata 'Sundance' from cuttings|
Choisya ternata 'Sundance' is arguably one of the most popular of all ornamental, evergreen shrubs. Compact in habit, with attractive fragrant blooms and an eye-catching, glossy, bright foliage, what is there not to like?
|Choisya ternata cutting|
To ensure success as best as you can, cuttings of Choisya ternata 'Sundance' are best taken in August. Before you commence, prepare the parent plant by adequately watering it the day before. This will ensure that the plant is fully hydrated and therefore the cutting material will be as turgid as possible. During the summer, cuttings are best taken in the morning, preferably on a cloudy day. This will reduce the risk of the cutting material from drying out which will have a detrimental effect on your cuttings viability.
Using a sharp sterilized blade, take 8-10 cm long cuttings of half-ripened lateral shoots. Remove the lower 1/3 foliage. The remaining leaves may need to be cut in half to reduce water loss caused by transpiration which may cause the cutting to dry out before it can produce new roots. If you are not striking your cuttings immediately, place the cutting material in a cool, damp, sealable polythene bag and keep away from direct sunlight.
|How to take cuttings from Choisya ternata 'Sundance'|
Gently water the tray, then place inside a heated propagator at a temperature of 16-18 degrees Celsius. Once the cuttings have rooted, gently remove the module disturbing the rootball as little as possible. Pot the cuttings on nto 7-9 cm pots containing John Innes 'No.2' and overwinter outside in a coldframe. Once the threat of late frost has passed in the following spring they can be potted on into the next size pot and then harden off. Pinch out the growing tips to promote side shoots and plunge into a nursery bed. They will be ready for planting out into their final position the following year.
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