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Old 06-30-2006, 07:00 AM
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One could say the most pretty tree is the Colorado blue spruce or the
Concolor Fir. As the old adage goes -- "spruce up the looks of the

Well out of my 175 Rock Elm seeds only 4 made it and are doing well,
provided can keep the grasshoppers from devouring them. But my cuttings
of Rock Elm all failed.

In their place I have blue spruce going in that greenhouse setting. I
used root hormone and am misting several times a day. If none of them
make it, it will be my last attempt on blue spruce. And I will conclude
that some species are just too difficult to root via cuttings for which
I do not have the time.

Now this year I had a beautiful blood red lilly growing. Does anyone
know if lillies are good cutting-propagation plants? How about
honeylocust? How about black-walnuts? How about sour cherries? Are any
of these easier to cutting-propagate. Perhaps none as easy as Willows,
but at least easier than elm or blue spruce.

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Old 06-30-2006, 10:10 PM
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You might get the sour cherries to root, especially in a cold frame over
winter. Forget the others, especially the firs and spruces. Grow some spruce
from seed and learn to graft the good ones on the seedlings.
I'm assuming this is a lily and not an amaryllis or some other member of the
Amaryllis family that people call lilies. Some lilies make bulbils along the
stem which can be rooted. Some only make them at the base of the stem,
usually underground or near the surface. Otherwise wait until the stem dies
down naturally, dig up the bulb and remove any small bulbs attached. If
there are none, Remove a few of the outside scales of the bulb. Gently pull
them off new the base and stick them like cuttings. A small bulblet will
form at the base of the scale. Make sure you treat for fungus or the scales
may rot instead. Treat the mother bulb's cuts and replant immediately. Lily
roots are perennial so try not to destroy more than you have to. Amaryllis
are not done the same way.

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Old 07-01-2006, 03:43 AM
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A google search on blue spruce propagation will turn up some advice:

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The following pages say it is difficult and that you probably need an
automated misting system.

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If the cuttings are not terminal shoots, the plants may retain the
horizontal growth form of the lateral shoot.

Technically, the correct common name is blue Colorado spruce as the
green forms are just Colorado spruce.

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Old 07-02-2006, 06:08 AM
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V_coerulea wrote:

Will try the sour cherry cuttings now. Found some seeds of the Lily but
no bulbils. If none of the seed make it will go after the bulbils next

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