Saturday, August 30, 2008

thoughts, ideas and know-how appreciated

last weekend i took cuttings from the holly trees at my grandmother's house, the ones that were planted on the day i was born. leaving those trees is the one thing that makes me feel very sad when i think about selling the place, because in all likelihood, they will be cut down. originally, there were three, but one was cut down almost thirty years ago - right around the time i married my ex.

the two left are male and female and the female makes the most beautiful red berries. now i have twelve - more or less - cuttings, six from each tree. this week i have been allowing them to rest in the shade underneath the big pines beside the party-house. the cut edges are soaking in water and rooting hormone.

my plan today is to get the rooting mix... whatever it's called... as some sturdy pots. i hope to nurture them inside all winter, in a sunny southern spot that didn't exist a few months ago. (this has given my wish to have the renovations completed a new urgency.)

i have absolutely no idea what i'm doing, except that i would dearly love to have at least two trees to plant come spring. if possible, i would love to give any extras as gifts to people i know will cherish them, since i have learned it is best to be choosy about who one gives one's plants too, especially if you feel they should included among your children.

so if any of you glorious goddesses and gods of this green world have any understanding of the proper propagation methods of trees... please share?

8 comments:

Walk in the Woods said...

I wish you well. Such propagation is not in my realm of experience and I can't remember the last time I used rooting hormone.

Don't forget to reiki. Plants LOVE reiki.

Casbah Kitten said...

Sorry I can't help with the propagation but I've given you a blog award! You can pick it up at my Labor Day posting...

RainbowMom said...

I cannot help you with this but I wish you blessings and good sprouting of healthy roots and yes, Reiki!

And.. I just read casbah kitten's message.. that kitten beat me to it! lol I also gave you an award. :)

Reiki blessings!

SecretMe said...

lovely, great work, I just harvested some of my tomato s and am so proud of them! good luck

Walk in the Woods said...

Ohhh casbah kitten - a double whammy - you are too, too kind! :)

Tammie Lee said...

How wonderful that you have done this. I have seen folks get clippings from meaningful plants/trees and keep them growing on in new homes. This always seems so meaningful. I wish you the best with your baby plants.

I would call a nursery to see if they have any advice for you.

Cloudwalker Wolf said...

Oh Sweet Rose. To see the words "I have absolutely no idea what I am doing" coming from you when you are speaking of a plant....

If there is anyone out there who these cuttings would thrive for it will be the one who cherishes them so dearly. You my friend have nothing to worry about.

Walk in the Woods said...

Ah, sweet Cloud ... these are Annie's words, not mine! This is a collective blog, made of several "Listeners" (or contributors),

Trick, eh?

:D