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Growing tamarix from cuttings?

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

  1. nikirushka

    nikirushka Gardener

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    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

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    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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