Mother’s Lessons

When a cutting fails to root, consider whether the problem might be the age of the wood. I tried to get starts of the antique Scotch rose to grow a low hedge, but the tip cuttings were just too green. They wilted before they could root, even with a weekly drench of Liquid Hormex Concentrate. By taking cuttings from rather more mature wood, dipping each in Hormex #8, and rooting in ground bark, I was successful. My driveway now has a line of them that is so thick I use hedge shears to prune it. After all, I’m sure your mother taught you that if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. My mother would add – just don’t make the same mistake twice. Happy Mother’s Day!

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