HOW AND WHEN TO CORRECTLY CUT THUYA
I start this from the end of January, since the biological dormant period of plants ends and the forced one begins: they are already ready for growth, but climatic conditions do not allow. However, beginner gardeners need time to prepare everything they need.
substrate. I prepare in advance peat, perlite, sand, small expanded clay - in equal parts. You can add coconut soil. The main quality of the mixture is lightness and airiness. I pour it with a layer of 4-5 cm into a container and spill it with a solution of "Vitaros" or "Healthy Earth" (according to the instructions).
It is important not to overmoisten the soil: the lump should keep its shape, but water should not be squeezed out of it. A day later, I plant cuttings.
The container is a plastic box with a transparent lid. It is better if the container is also transparent, then it is easier to monitor the appearance of roots. I don’t make holes in the bottom, so I control moisture.
For whom it is difficult to regulate watering, you will have to perforate the bottom.
See also: Propagation of thuja western cuttings
CUTTING TUI STEP BY STEP
I prepare cuttings from the upper part of the plant of vertical varieties, for spherical ones - from any. I clean the lower part of the stem from the needles. I cut without a heel. I soak for a day in Epin. To ensure that the cuttings are completely immersed in water, I put a small load on top. Before planting, the cut can be dipped in Kornevin powder.
I make indentations with a pencil at a distance of about 5 cm, leaving 2-3 cm between the rows. I stick cuttings and compact the soil with my fingers.
The first 3-4 weeks the box is with the lid closed. It is not scary if the cuttings touch her.
It is better to choose a place on the windowsill without direct sun or shade it with a sheet of paper. The best solution is to put under lighting lamps.
I ventilate regularly. Usually thujas do not need watering at this time. They take all their moisture from the air. You can spray a little, but not necessary. However, if you see that the substrate is dry, water lightly, without fanaticism.
In a closed container, there is a lot of humidity, there is a risk of rotting and mold. Therefore, once every 10 days I process the cuttings with one of the fungicides: Strobi, Falcon, Raek, Previkur Energy. It is important to alternate them and not use each more than twice.
With the advent of the first roots, the plant is accustomed to new conditions. I do it gradually. First five days for 10 minutes. I lift the lid, then increase the time to half an hour, etc. I take it off after 2-3 weeks.
During adaptation, thuja can be sprayed, so it will be easier for them to get used to dry air.
At the end of May, I plant them in the garden for growing - within a year or two.
Reference by topic: Tui: planting and care, varieties and species.
CUTTING TUI - VIDEO
© Author: Alexander RUSINOV, owner of the nursery, Tchaikovsky
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