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#1)  Propagate Wild Weeping Sitka Spruce ... when? how?

Postby mdvaden » Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:34 pm

Could have put this in the CA forum, but the question is more general to propagating a conifer.

Earlier this summer, I found what appears to be a weeping Sitka Spruce in the Northern California Redwood National and State Park. The tree is the only one I'm aware of in all the redwoods. Never seen one in a nursery.  Its also growing where there is some vulnerability. I submitted a collection permit application to take cuttings.

If they parks gives the OK, it will be out of the ordinary, because propagation is generally a bad reason. Difference here, I want to preserve the characteristics even if it means giving any plants back to the redwood parks or an arboretum.

It's been years and years since I last did propagation.

If any of you understand conifer propagation, when would be the best time? Are any months virtually impossible with the use of a greenhouse?

What size stem cuts would you work with? Cuttings? Or graft? I could scrounge up some small Sitka 'Spruce from the Oregon coast, but it seems if cutting could root, the overall result would be more genuinely the same.

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#2)  Re: Propagate Wild Weeping Sitka Spruce ... when? how?

Postby Don » Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:22 pm

Mario-
Are you sure it's not a mutation?
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#3)  Re: Propagate Wild Weeping Sitka Spruce ... when? how?

Postby mdvaden » Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:11 am

Don wrote:Mario-
Are you sure it's not a mutation?
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In my way of thinking, weeping trees are mutations.

Like weeping Japanese maple for example ... I consider that a mutation.

That's why I'd like to propagate it. Seems mutated.
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