Growing tamarix from cuttings?

Discussion in 'Other Plants' started by nikirushka, Sep 1, 2019.

  1. nikirushka

    nikirushka Gardener

    Mar 2, 2012
    I know it's easy enough to get hold of, but I have a large tamarix that has a weeping gene, or possibly a weeping virus. Well, I'm assuming it does - it will not grow upwards save for one branch. The rest arcs gently outwards and down with about a 12ft span unpruned. It's lovely!

    Problem is, I planted it too close to my pond because I was expecting a normal, upright one, so every year I have to cut it right back so I can get to the pond and mow round it (I like having specimen plants in the lawn).

    Once I've cleared it up I'll have a perfect spot for it to do its natural thing, but it's 10 years old now so moving it is unlikely to be doable (I have no help, machinery etc). So I was thinking I'd start again with a cutting.

    Questions; if I do that, how easy is it to do with a tamarix and if it does succeed, what are the chances of it continuing to be a weeping type? Without knowing what exactly is causing that growth habit, of course. If it would just grow normally then I'll just buy another one but I really like the way this one is, and it would look fantastic in the better spot.
  2. NigelJ

    NigelJ Total Gardener

    Jan 31, 2012
    Mad Scientist
    Paignton Devon
    Chances are it would continue to "weep".
    Having had a quick look round cuttings seem to do well. The RHS say "Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer or hardwood cuttings in winter."

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